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Advance care planning

Note: Australian states and territories have different jurisdictions governed by different legislation.  In Victoria, legislation covering specific parts of an advance care plan, or directive, includes the Medical Treatment Planning and Decision Act 2016 and Guardianship and Administration Orders; guardianship information is also at the Office of the Public Advocate.  Different legislation applies in the jurisdictions of other states and territories.

When you start advance care planning, to complete an advance care directive, make sure you follow the information for the state, or territory, in which you live.

Visit and browse the information, the intent of information on advance care planning is essentially the same, with different information appealing to different people.

  • Advance Care Planning Australia
  • Office of the Public Advocate (Victoria) Guardianship, powers of attorney including medical treatment decision maker.
  • Planning ahead (Trustee and Guardian and NSW Public Guardian) Numerous advance care planning links, short explanatory videos and resources; remember jurisdictions make a difference for advance care planning.
  • Think now.  Plan sooner.  Peace of mind later.  (Queensland Health) Age, illness or accident may at some time make it hard for you to understand your treatment options and say what you want.  Advance care planning means thinking now about treatment and care you want in the future, discussing this important issue with people closest to you and making a plan.
  • Speak up Learn from Canadian masters; toolkit, resources, campaign materials and more to inspire advance care planning in the community!
  • State Trustees (Victoria) Powers of attorney
  • State Trustees (Victoria) Making a will

Carers and respite



  • Department of Human Services (Victoria)
  • Disability Care Australia National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • Intellectual Disability and Ageing A relatively new website coming from research undertaken in Victoria.  The intent of the website is to improve support for ageing people with an intellectual disability; key topics include dementia, legal issues, normal and age related health, working with families, working with health providers and end of life.


End of life and dying

  • Dying matters UK site led by the National Council for Palliative Care, the umbrella charity for end of life care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: aims to change public knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death. and bereavement; extensive resources and publications list
  • Conversation Project US site dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end of life care;  kits and resources with suggestions of words to ‘break the ice’ when talking to family, friends and health professionals.

Grief and bereavement

  • Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement Independent, not for profit organisation providing grief and bereavement education, building the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities and enhancing well being following adverse life events.
  • Griefline Anonymous telephone counselling services to support people who have encountered loss and are suffering.
  • National Association for Grief and Loss (Victoria) Not-for-profit association working to facilitate and improve community awareness of loss and grief and capacity to effectively respond to loss and grief including bereavement.

Health promotion

  • Better Health Channel (Department of Human Services, Victoria) Quality assured, reliable, up to date, easy to understand health and medical information.
  • Healthinsite‘ (Department of Health and Ageing, Australia) Easy access to quality health information and services, to improve the well being of all Australians.

Palliative care

Seniors, ageing and residential care