Healthy living

Advance care planning

  • Advance care planning can help you to have a say in what type of care you receive in the future.
  • It helps others understand your values, beliefs and preferences for when you are no longer able to make or communicate decisions about your health and personal care.
  • Advance care planning can start at any age. It is best started when you are feeling well and able to make decisions.

Advance care planning can give you peace of mind by knowing that others understand your wishes in case a time comes when you are no longer able to tell them what is important to you. It can also make it easier for your family, friends and health professionals who may care for you in the future.

Families and friends of those who take part in advance care planning say they feel less stressed and are happier with the care their loved one received.

A good starting point is Your Guide to Advance Care Planning in WA: A workbook for planning your future care (PDF 1.2MB).

Advance care planning documents

There are a number of advance care planning documents available in WA for you to record your values, care preferences and treatment decisions. Thinking about what types of decisions and thoughts (PDF 286KB) you want to share will help you decide which document(s) could be useful.

Advance Health Directive

Other documents

Resources for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) groups

A range of advance care planning resources are available on the Advance care planning translated resources page.

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

Advance care planning

  • Department of Health WA Advance Care Planning Information Line
    General enquiries and to order advance care planning resources  (e.g. Advance Health Directives, Values and Preferences form)
    Phone: 9222 2300
  • Palliative Care WA Helpline
    Information and support on issues to do with advance care planning, palliative care, grief and loss
    Phone: 1800 573 299 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day)
    Palliative Care WA (external site)
  • Advance Care Planning Australia Free Support Service
    General queries and support with completing advance care planning documents
    Phone: 1300 208 582 (Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm AEST)
    Online referral form (external site)

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Last reviewed: 01-08-2022

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