Advance Care Planning is a process of patients deciding what is important to them and writing it down.
Advance Care Planning is defined as a "process of planning for future health and personal care whereby the person's values, beliefs and preferences are made known so that they can guide decision making at a future time when that person cannot make or communicate his or her decisions"
(The Clinical, Technical and Ethical Principal Committee of the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (CTEPC), September 2011.A National Framework for Advance Care Directives.)
It is a process of patients deciding what is important to them and writing it down. This will help ensure that if patients are too unwell to speak for themselves, their loved ones and health professionals will be able to make the decisions that are right for the patient.
RMH has many Advance Care Planning resources available for patients to help them understand the process of Advance Care Planning as well as information that is available in languages other than English.
There are three aspects to Advance Care Planning:
- Appointment another. Patients can choose to appoint a Medical Treatment Decision Maker. (Previously appointed Medical Enduring Power of Attorney will continue as the appointed Medical Treatment Decision Maker.)
- Communication between the person, their Medical Treatment Decision Maker, family, and their health care team, regarding their plans for future care.
- Documentation of a person's wishes for future care, via an Advance Care Directive. Documentation of values, beliefs and preferences can provide clarity to the treating medical team.