Advance Care Planning

What is Advance Care Planning (ACP)?

Who do you want to make medical decisions for you if you were not able to make them yourself?
Would they know what you want?

Advance Care Planning is a process of planning for future health. You can discuss and write down your values, beliefs and preferences.  This can guide health decision making in the future if you cannot make or communicate your own decisions due to lack of capacity.

Advance Care Planning is about discussing your life goals, values and choices. Key people who will help you with this process are your doctor or healthcare professional.  It’s a good idea to talk with your family/carer and your healthcare professional. You may talk about your beliefs, values and attitudes towards treatment options. You could also talk about personal and cultural issues that are important to you.

bestCARE is St Vincent’s Advance Care Planning program. It is a process of planning for future health.  Watch this short video on Advance Care Planning:



Patient Story


Mrs Jones is a frail, elderly lady with heart problems. She and her family talk with her doctor about what might happen in the future if Mrs Jones was not able to make her own decisions.

Benefits of ACP


Advance Care Planning reduces stress for your family, clarifies treatments and identifies the legal decision maker for medical staff, gives you peace of mind

When to do ACP


Anyone can do Advance Care Planning.

ACP in 3 Steps

ACP in 4 Steps

Advance Care Planning can be broken down into 3 steps.




Contact Us


Contact Us