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Advance care planning

About advance care planning

Advance care planning provides an opportunity for people to think, discuss and plan for the medical treatment they would prefer in the future.  It is an ongoing process that requires:

  • Introducing choices to people about future care.
  • Thinking about values, priorities and preferences for care.
  • Identifying a substitute decision maker.
  • Clearly documenting decisions so they are easily accessible.

It’s never too early to commence advance care planning, even if a person is fit and healthy. Plans should be reviewed regularly to ensure they continue to reflect a person’s preferences.

Further information is available at My Care My Choices.

Advance care planning documents:

  • Advance Health Directive (AHD)
    An AHD is a legal document that formally records a person’s instructions for future health care, and comes into effect only if they are unable to make their own decisions.

    Download and complete the Advance Health Directive Form (PDF, 273KB)  for free
  • Enduring Power of Attorney
    An EPOA is a legal document that enables a person to appoint another person or persons to make personal, health and financial decisions on their behalf if they become unable to make their own decisions, e.g. in the event of failing cognitive health or loss of the capacity to make decisions. Attorneys may be nominated to make decisions either independently or jointly.

    Download the free Enduring Power of Attorney forms on the Public Guardian website.
  • Statement of Choices
    The Statement of Choices focuses on a person’s values, wishes and beliefs. It is not a legal document, but a record of a person’s future preferences for care and medical treatment. It can help a person’s substitute decision maker to make health care decisions, if they are unable to make decisions for themselves. The information contained in this document can be used to guide management of care. 

    Appropriate discussion of treatment or care options and consent for medical treatment still needs to be sought from the patient or their substitute decision maker and discussions documented in the medical record, consistent with good medical practice.

    If you are filling out an advance care plan for yourself:

    • Download  and complete the Statement of Choices Form A (PDF, 453KB).
    • Form A can be completed by an adult with the capacity to make decisions about their health care into the future.
    • Do NOT complete Form B.

    If you are filling out an advance care plan on behalf of someone else:

    • Download and complete the Statement of Choices Form B (PDF, 456KB).
    • You can only complete Form B on behalf of another adult if you are their substitute decision maker if they do not have the capacity to make decisions about their health, or communicate those wishes.
    • Do NOT complete Form A

Where to submit your advance care planning information

  • Advance Health Directive and Enduring Power of Attorney
    Copies of these ACP documents can be:
    • Provided to a person’s substitute decision maker and GP if they wish;
    • Provided to the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service at the time of a hospital admission, outpatient appointment or home visit; and/or
    • Sent to the Medical Records Department of their local hospital for future reference.
  • Statement of Choices
    Copies of the Statement of Choices can be:
    • Provided to a person’s substitute decision maker and GP if they wish; and
    • Sent to Advance Care Planning, CISAS, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, to include in the person’s medical record for future reference via:

      Mail: PO Box 547, Nambour QLD 4560
      Email: SC-ACP@health.qld.gov.au
      Fax: (07) 5313 4284

Area serviced

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Noosa Shire Council and Gympie Regional Council).

Age range

18 years and over.

Cost

Nil.
Contact details

Advance care planning
Community Integrated and Sub-Acute Services

Email:
SC-ACP@health.qld.gov.au 
Fax: 07 5313 4284
Post: PO Box 547,
Nambour, Qld 4560 

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Last updated: 28 April 2016