Advance care planning

If you were very unwell and could not make medical decisions for yourself, WHO would make them for you? And WHAT would they say?

Advance care planning

Advance care planning is a process in which you decide who would make medical decisions for you if you were not able (or did not want to) make them yourself. The name for this person is different in some States, but people sometimes call this person a Medical Power of Attorney. In Victoria, the new term is “Medical treatment decision maker”.

You can discuss the sorts of decisions you would want this person to make for you, if you were not able to make the decision yourself. It’s a way of making sure your wishes are heard and respected.

You don’t have to do advance care planning, but we know that it can be easier for your family and friends if you do.

Refer to the information and forms for each Australian State,


In Victoria, we can appoint a Medical Treatment Decision Maker, and write an Advance Directive. The Advance Directive can be an Instructional Directive which is binding, or a Values Directive, which must be taken into consideration.

Refer to Advance Care Planning for  the Victorian forms. 

There is more information on the Peter Mac advance care planning.