Guidelines for discussing your plans


Complete the worksheets and any other paperwork as fully as possible. Check that you follow any special conditions, such as the need for witnesses to sign your documents.

Keep the originals of any documents in a place where you and others can find them easily.

Identify any people you have appointed as legal substitute decision-makers as well as people who would take on that role informally if needed.

Set aside times to talk to each of these people to explain what you have done and what you want them to do if they ever have to make decisions for you.

Leave copies of your documents with each of these people.

Make sure they are comfortable with your expectations. They may need time and support to accept the idea of advance care planning. If they are still not comfortable after further discussion, you may have to ask somebody else to take this role.

Give copies of your documents to your GP and ask for them to be included in your records. If the GP is not supportive of what you are doing, you may need to discuss this further or consider transferring to another GP.

If you are going to hospital or an aged care facility, take the documents with you and ask for them to be included with your records.

Carry a card in your wallet or purse that has the name and contact details of your substitute decision-maker and location of any advance care planning documents.

It is good practice to have a number of certified copies of documents (e.g. by a Justice of the Peace) as these may be required by some organisations.

Talking about your decisions