Advance Care Planning

Who would you like to make medical decisions for you if there came a time when you could no longer speak for yourself?

The Advance Care Planning (ACP) Program commenced at the Canberra Hospital in 2006.

The primary objective of the Program is to provide a quality assured system of discussing, recording and documenting a person's healthcare wishes.

Effective planning is the best way to ensure that family and health professionals respect a person’s wishes. In an emergency situation it provides hospitals' treating teams with the necessary information to make decisions in the patient’s best interest in consultation with their chosen attorneys.

There are three ways choices can be recorded:

1. Complete an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA);

2. Complete an Advance Care Plan (ACP) Statement of Choices;

3. Complete a Health Direction under the Medical Treatment (Health Directions) Act 2006.

The EPA and Health Direction are legal documents which comply with the Medical Treatment (Health Directions) Act 2006. The Statement of Choices provides specific information relating to a person's wishes and values.

If choices about future care are known, they can be respected.

The objectives of appointing an Attorney, completing the Statement of Choices and/or a Health Directive are:

  • to protect a patient's right to refuse unwanted medical treatment, and
  • to ensure a patient's right to receive relief from pain and suffering to the maximum extent that is reasonable in the circumstances.

If choices about future health care are known, they can be respected.

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If you would like further information or assistance please contact the Advance Care Planning® on (02) 6244 3344 or email: rpc@act.gov.au