Advance care planning

Advance care planning contacts in hospitals in the north west metropolitan region of Melbourne

Advance Care Planning at Austin Health

Austin Health advance care planning specialists work within the Patient Safety and Clinical Excellence Unit at Austin Health providing organisational support and expertise to enable clinicians to apply patients’ advance care plans and assist in the development of advance care planning documents.

Austin Health Advance Care Planning.

Advance Care Planning at Northern Health

Advance care planning at Northern Health helps patients to plan ahead for their future healthcare, in case they are ever too sick to speak for themselves. It can provide patients and families with further information and assistance to complete an Advance Care Directive and/or appoint a Medical Treatment Decision Maker.

Northern Health Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Peter Mac)

Advance care planning webpage at Peter Mac provides information on advance care planning and how to Appoint someone to act as your Medical Treatment Decision Maker (MTDM).

Peter Mac Advance Care Planning.

Advance Care Planning at Royal Melbourne Hospital

The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s  advance care planning provides information for patients and health professionals.  It includes Advance Care Planning resources for patients to help them understand the process of Advance Care Planning as well as information available in languages other than English.

Royal Melbourne Health Advance Care Planning


Advance Care Planning at Werribee Mercy Hospital

Werribee Mercy Hospital advance care planning page provides information, links and resources on advance care planning.

Mercy Health Advance Care planning



Advance Care Planning at Western Health

Western Health’s advance care planning page provides information, links and resources on advance care planning.

Western Health Advance Care Planning



Advance care planning tools and general information (Victoria and Australia)

Planning and decisions about dying and death (Better Health Channel website)

The Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel website includes a section on planning and decisions about dying and death, planning where you want to die; financial considerations for end of life; and coming to terms with dying.


My Wishes, My Plan, advanced care planning as part of My Health Record of the Australian Digital Health Agency

The Australian Government’s My Health Record is a personalised online summary of individuals health information, which people can choose to share with doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers. It can include information such as: allergies; current conditions and treatments; medicines; pathology reports or diagnostic imaging scans.

Advance care planning documentation can be uploaded to people’s My Health Record.

Dying to Talk Discussion Starter on the Dying to Talk website

The Dying to Talk Discussion Starter aims to reach into the community to normalise dying in Australia and to help Australians work out what’s right for them at the end of their lives.This guide is designed to help people initiate conversations with family and friends. It is organised into five sections: Reflecting; Talking; Reviewing; Follow-up activities; Extra reflection prompts.

MyValues website

MyValues is a set of specially constructed statements designed to help people identify, consider and communicate their wishes about the medical treatment they would want in the later stages of life. The tool is free to use and generates a summary statement for people to keep and use.

start2talk website (planning ahead, dementia focus)

The start2talk website is designed for people who want to prepare for a time when they cannot make their own decisions due to injury or a condition such as dementia; people with early signs of memory loss or with a diagnosis of dementia; family carers of a person with loss of capacity because of an illness; and health and community care professionals who want to promote planning ahead with the individuals or communities they work with.

Advance Care Planning Australia

This is the link to the Advance Care Planning Australia website.

Palliative Care Victoria 

The Palliative Care Victoria website has links to various sources of information relevant to advance care planning.

Advance care planning for patients and families

Planning ahead for patients and families

Advance care planning for professionals

Palliative Care Australia 

The Palliative Care Australia website provides a summary of advance care planning and links to further information in each state and territory.

End of life law, including powers of attorney, medical consent and refusal of treatment

Victorian Department of Health

The advance care planning section of the Victorian Government Department of Health includes a link to an overview of the legal framework for advance care planning in Victoria and a link to the new Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act (2016) which has a default commencement date of 12 March 2018.This act includes updated provisions regarding statutory recognition of advanced care directives.

Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) powers of attorney information, plus medical consent and refusal of treatment

The Victorian Office of the Public Advocate is empowered by law to promote and safeguard the rights and interests of people with disability. The OPA website includes access to forms and information about  planning for the future and medical decision making.

Australia - Projects/campaigns promoting conversations about dying and death

Death Over Dinner Down Under

Death Over Dinner (DOD) was originally designed in the USA by Michael Hebb and Angel Grant (see link to TED talk) to encourage people to have conversations about end of life and end of life care at the kitchen table rather than in the Intensive Care Unit. DOD aims to educate people on the value of making decisions about their wishes, and expressing them to their loved ones, by inspiring a series of uplifting and interactive dinners to transform the seemingly difficult conversation about death into an intimate, shared experience. The DOD website provides a range of tools, reading and support materials, as well as tips to get the conversation started. An Australian and New Zealand version of DOD has been established under the name Death Over Dinner Down Under.

The Groundswell Project

The mission of the Groundswell Project is to develop innovative arts and health programs that create cultural change about death and dying, while championing others to do the same. Projects associated with the Groundswell Project include Dying to Know Day and Compassionate Workplace.

Dying to Know Day

Dying to Know Day (D2Kday) is an initiative of The Groundswell Project that aims to promote death literacy, bringing to life conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement. It was inspired the charity Igniting Change (formerly Pilotlight Australia) and their book ‘Dying to Know: Bringing death to life’. D2KDay is officially on August 8th each year, however people are encouraged to host events anytime during August.

Compassionate Workplace

Compassionate Workplace is an initiative of The Groundswell Project that runs workshops and forums to educate organisations to empower internal social networks of caring people. The goal is to make it easier for people to talk with someone who has a loss – for people to be more courageous and authentic in how they respond to colleagues dealing with a death.