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Australian Capital Territory

Advance Care Planning in the ACT

Respecting Patient Choices (RPC) facilitators, or your GP, can help you think and talk about the healthcare treatment that you would and would not want. This gives you the opportunity to plan your care in advance and is called advance care planning (ACP). Once you have thought about these things and talked to your family about them, RPC facilitators, if needed, can assist you to write down what is important to you. This document is called an Advance Care Plan.

In the ACT the components of an advance care plan are:

  • Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) – to legally appoint a substitute decision maker
  • Statement of Choices – to provide specific information relating to your wishes and values
  • Health Direction – to legally refuse medical treatment generally, or of a particular kind, to be withheld or withdrawn.

The Enduring Power of Attorney and Health Direction are legal documents that comply with the Medical Treatment (Health Directions) Act 2006.

Once completed, signed and witnessed, the original documents remain with you, and copies of the documents can be sent to:

  • Your nominated attorney(s)
  • Your local GP
  • Canberra Hospital- Send a copy of your documents with a covering explanatory letter/note to Medical Records Unit, Canberra Hospital, Attention CRIS Manager, PO Box 11, Woden, 2601
  • Calvary Public Hospital - Send a copy of your documents with a covering explanatory letter/note to Director, Medical Records Department, Calvary Public Hospital, Cnr Belconnen Way and Haydon Drive, Bruce 2617.
  • Other private hospitals/clinics you normally attend
  • You may also wish to give extra copies to your next of kin, your minister or your solicitor.

 

ACP Assistance

For assistance with advance care planning see your local GP, or contact the Respecting Patient Choices Program:

Respecting Patient Choices® program,
HealthCARE Improvement, ACT Health,
PH: 02 6244 3344
Email: rpc@act.gov.au

The ACT RPC program can provide you with information and/or consultation by appointment to discuss and complete advance care plans. The program also provides facilitator training for health professionals.
Click here to go our facilitator training page
 

Forms:

Enduring Power of Attorney – for appointing an enduring power of attorney, including for health care matters. This link takes you to the Public Advocate of ACT website where you can download this form.

Health Direction – to legally refuse treatment generally or of a particular kind.

Advance Care Plan - Statement of Choices for competent person – to provide information relating to your wishes and values.  This is also available in an electronic version.

Advance Care plan – Statement of choices for people with no legal capacity – statement of choices that can be completed by Enduring Power of Attorney on behalf of a person with no legal capacity and includes information sheet

Further Information

Websites with advance care planning information:

Public Advocate of the ACT – Enduring Power of Attorney information, forms and phone line.

ACT Health – Respecting Patient Choices – Website

BeMyVoice  – Information on advance care planning for the general public and healthcare professionals.The site also provides a step by step process to assist people to think about, talk about and complete an advance care plan.

Information Resources:

Information Sheet - Respecting Patient Choices information Sheet

Leaflet – Respecting Patient Choices information leaflet (ACT)

Advance Care Planning Guide

Other Relevant links:

Public Trustee for the ACT – Information on Wills, Deceased Estate Administration, Powers of Attorney and Trusts in the ACT.

Paid professional services include:

  • Preparation of an individual’s Enduring Power of Attorney, where the individual nominates the Public Trustee as attorney for Property and Financial matters
  • Preparation of a Will where the individual wishes to appoint the Public Trustee as the individual’s executor

ACAT - Australian Capital Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Further Information

Websites with advance care planning information:

Public Advocate of the ACT – Enduring Power of Attorney information, forms and phone line.

ACT Health – Respecting Patient Choices – Website

BeMyVoice  – Information on advance care planning for the general public and healthcare professionals.The site also provides a step by step process to assist people to think about, talk about and complete an advance care plan.

Information Resources:

Information Sheet - Respecting Patient Choices information Sheet

Leaflet – Respecting Patient Choices information leaflet (ACT)

Advance Care Planning Guide

Other Relevant links:

Public Trustee for the ACT – Information on Wills, Deceased Estate Administration, Powers of Attorney and Trusts in the ACT.

Paid professional services include:

ACAT - Australian Capital Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Further Information

Websites with advance care planning information:

Public Advocate of the ACT – Enduring Power of Attorney information, forms and phone line.

ACT Health – Respecting Patient Choices – Website

BeMyVoice  – Information on advance care planning for the general public and healthcare professionals.The site also provides a step by step process to assist people to think about, talk about and complete an advance care plan.

Information Resources:

Information Sheet - Respecting Patient Choices information Sheet

Leaflet – Respecting Patient Choices information leaflet (ACT)

Advance Care Planning Guide

Other Relevant links:

Public Trustee for the ACT – Information on Wills, Deceased Estate Administration, Powers of Attorney and Trusts in the ACT.

Paid professional services include:

ACAT - Australian Capital Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Further Information

Websites with advance care planning information:

Public Advocate of the ACT – Enduring Power of Attorney information, forms and phone line.

ACT Health – Respecting Patient Choices – Website

BeMyVoice  – Information on advance care planning for the general public and healthcare professionals.The site also provides a step by step process to assist people to think about, talk about and complete an advance care plan.

Information Resources:

Information Sheet - Respecting Patient Choices information Sheet

Leaflet – Respecting Patient Choices information leaflet (ACT)

Advance Care Planning Guide

Other Relevant links:

Public Trustee for the ACT – Information on Wills, Deceased Estate Administration, Powers of Attorney and Trusts in the ACT.

Paid professional services include:

ACAT - Australian Capital Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Further Information

Websites with advance care planning information:

Public Advocate of the ACT – Enduring Power of Attorney information, forms and phone line.

ACT Health – Respecting Patient Choices – Website

BeMyVoice  – Information on advance care planning for the general public and healthcare professionals.The site also provides a step by step process to assist people to think about, talk about and complete an advance care plan.

Information Resources:

Information Sheet - Respecting Patient Choices information Sheet

Leaflet – Respecting Patient Choices information leaflet (ACT)

Advance Care Planning Guide

Other Relevant links:

Public Trustee for the ACT – Information on Wills, Deceased Estate Administration, Powers of Attorney and Trusts in the ACT.

Paid professional services include:

ACAT - Australian Capital Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Further Information

Websites with advance care planning information:

Public Advocate of the ACT – Enduring Power of Attorney information, forms and phone line.

ACT Health – Respecting Patient Choices – Website

BeMyVoice  – Information on advance care planning for the general public and healthcare professionals.The site also provides a step by step process to assist people to think about, talk about and complete an advance care plan.

Information Resources:

Information Sheet - Respecting Patient Choices information Sheet

Leaflet – Respecting Patient Choices information leaflet (ACT)

Advance Care Planning Guide

Other Relevant links:

Public Trustee for the ACT – Information on Wills, Deceased Estate Administration, Powers of Attorney and Trusts in the ACT.

Paid professional services include:

ACAT - Australian Capital Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Further Information

Websites with advance care planning information:

Public Advocate of the ACT – Enduring Power of Attorney information, forms and phone line.

ACT Health – Respecting Patient Choices – Website

BeMyVoice  – Information on advance care planning for the general public and healthcare professionals.The site also provides a step by step process to assist people to think about, talk about and complete an advance care plan.

Information Resources:

Information Sheet - Respecting Patient Choices information Sheet

Leaflet – Respecting Patient Choices information leaflet (ACT)

Advance Care Planning Guide

Other Relevant links:

Public Trustee for the ACT – Information on Wills, Deceased Estate Administration, Powers of Attorney and Trusts in the ACT.

Paid professional services include:

ACAT - Australian Capital Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Further Information

Websites with advance care planning information:

Public Advocate of the ACT – Enduring Power of Attorney information, forms and phone line.

ACT Health – Respecting Patient Choices – Website

BeMyVoice  – Information on advance care planning for the general public and healthcare professionals.The site also provides a step by step process to assist people to think about, talk about and complete an advance care plan.

Information Resources:

Information Sheet - Respecting Patient Choices information Sheet

Leaflet – Respecting Patient Choices information leaflet (ACT)

Advance Care Planning Guide

Other Relevant links:

Public Trustee for the ACT – Information on Wills, Deceased Estate Administration, Powers of Attorney and Trusts in the ACT.

Paid professional services include:

ACAT - Australian Capital Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal