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Advance Care Planning

Advance Care planning encourages you, regardless of your health status or age, to make your future healthcare preferences known. It gives you the opportunity to plan for what you would or would not want if you became unable to make or communicate your own preferences.

As we age, it's important to reflect and talk about what living well means to you and to consider who you would want to speak for you, if you could no longer communicate or make your own healthcare decisions. These conversations can help those who care about us most to understand our wishes better when it comes to our care and planning for end of life.

These are not always easy conversations to have, however, we encourage our community to start the conversation about what is important to them and to consider their future healthcare preferences. There is a range of resources and support services available to help.

To learn more the about the Advance Care planning process visit  Advance Care Planning Australia


Planning for future health care with dementia 

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This webinar and Q&A was tailored for people living with dementia, their families and carers, and explored how to effectively prepare and plan for future healthcare decisions. A collaboration between Advance Care Planning Australia and Dementia Australia, the webinar featured an expert panel including Dr Craig Sinclair, Dr Dimity Pond and Dementia Advocates Ann Pietsch and Heather Macklin. 

Watch Replay Here


Advance Care Planning & My Health Record for Carers

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Following National Advance Care Planning Week, join this webinar to learn more about the roles of carers, how to support your loved one to prepare for future healthcare decisions and how to upload advance care planning documents to My Health Record, enabling documents to be accessed when they’re needed most. 

Through advance care planning, you and the person you care for can talk about and write down their values and what quality of life means to them. You can explore what future medical treatments and care they would, or would not, want to receive if they were no longer able to make or communicate those decisions.  

A collaboration between Carers Australia, Advance Care Planning Australia and Australian Digital Health Agency, the webinar featured an expert panel including Advance Care Planning Australia Community Ambassador and carer Jenny Dexter along with Carers Australia National Policy & Strategy Director Kelly Gourlay, Advance Care Planning Australia Program Director Xanthe Sansome and Australian Digital Health Agency Education Manager Kate Ellis.  

Watch Replay Here

To receive a FREE Advance Care planning starter pack straight to your email inbox visit here, or for a printed copy of these Advance Care planning forms, please contact Bayside City Council's Healthy Ageing team on 9599 4373.

For more information and advice, contact the National Advance Care Planning Support Service on 1300 208 582, 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday.