National Advance Care Planning Week

Monday, 09 April 2018.

16 - 22 April 2018 | Raising awareness of advance care planning across Australia. 

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All Australians are encouraged to start a conversation with their family, friends and health care providers about what is most important and what is living well for each of us.

If you were unable to make medical treatment or healthcare decisions, who would you want to make them for you? Do they know what you would want? Do they know what health decisions you would want made?

The process of advance care planning ensures your voice is heard if medical decisions have to be made for you.

Having these conversations with your medical treatment decision maker and documenting your values and preferences in an Advance Care Directive, takes the guess work out any decision making process.

Current Victorian law, the Medical Treatment Planning & Decisions Act 2016, supports advance care planning through the provision of binding Advance Care Directives and Appointment of Medical Treatment Decision Makers.

Research shows that families of people who have participated in advance care planning, experience less anxiety, depression and stress and are more satisfied with the care their loved ones receive.

Be Open | Be Ready | Be Heard.

You can take part by:

- Having a conversation with your family and friends.

- Talking to your GP or health care provider

- Sharing your values and conversations on social media during National Advance Care Planning Week using #acpweek18.

- Attending the Barwon Health Advance Care Planning Program – “Drop In” to 59 Sydney Pde, Geelong or “Phone In” (4215 7723) for more information on:

  • Tuesday, 17 April 2-4pm
  • Wednesday, 18 April 2-4pm
  • Thursday, 19 April 2-4pm

- Visiting:

Putting a plan in place is about being heard even if you were unable to speak for yourself. Start the conversation with your friends and family about what you value in your life.


Traditional Owners

We, Barwon Health, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.