Advance care planning promotes care that is consistent with your goals, values, beliefs and preferences. It prepares you and others to plan for future health care and a time when you may no longer be able to communicate those decisions yourself.
It involves four key things:
- Will (how you wish your assets to be distributed upon your death)
- Enduring Power of Guardianship (who makes personal, lifestyle and treatment decisions on your behalf)
- Enduring Power of Attorney (who makes financial and/or property decisions on your behalf)
- Advance Health Directive (outlines treatment you would want – or not want – to receive if you ever became sick or injured and were incapable of communicating your wishes).
The WA Department of Health has two guides to support Advance Care Planning in Western Australia. These resources include guides, formal documents, videos and translated resources.
For queries and to order free advance care planning resources:
- Phone 9222 2300
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also access online support and resources from:
- COTA WA is the peak body for older Australians in WA. They have produced the Goodbye Guide.
- Palliative Care WA is the peak body for palliative care in Western Australia. As well as supporting the sector they have a number of free services for community members:
- Advance Care Planning Australia
- The Office of the Public Advocate & The Office of the Public Trustee or youonlydieonce
- My Values website helps you identify, consider and communicate your end of life wishes.
- Information in different languages is available from the WA Health website.
Having a conversation
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Health specific information