Advance care planning training and resources

Important information

  • Health Professional Guide to Advance Care Planning in WA (PDF 1.5MB) Health professional guide to advance care planning in Western Australia. Features two people talking in one bubble and a picture of a clinician in another. Title of the document is white on a blue to purple gradient
    A detailed guide outlining the role health professionals can play in supporting people through the advance care planning process.
  • The Guardianship and Administration Act 1990 (external site)
    The Guardianship and Administration Act 1990 provides a legislative basis for people to plan for how personal, lifestyle and treatment decisions should be made on their behalf in the future if they are unable to make reasonable judgments about these matters for themselves. The Regulations (external site) were amended in July 2022 and include a revised Advance Health Directive form that:
    • includes the individual’s values and preferences, in addition to treatment decisions
    • combines tick box and free text questions
    • provides more guidance and examples
    • includes consent to medical research.
  • Hierarchy of treatment decision-makers (PDF 1.6MB)
    When seeking a treatment decision for a person who lacks the capacity to make their own judgements, health professionals must follow a set order of decision-makers, as specified in Section 110ZJ and 110ZD of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1990 (the Act). This is summarised by the Hierarchy of treatment decision-makers.

Policies and frameworks

Education and training resources

Advance care planning process

Advance Health Directive

Aged care


Decision making for someone else

General practice

Goals of Patient Care


Tools for education providers

Advance Health Directive launch


Education sessions

Community education sessions

Palliative Care WA delivers free, informative and interactive community workshops on advance care planning and palliative care in Perth and regional WA. Workshops cover are run in person or online. For more information or to book a workshop visit Palliative Care WA (external site)

Where to get help

Last reviewed: 20-10-2021
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