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Self-advocacy toolkit

What you need to know for better aged care

Self-advocacy or speaking up means having the right information to get the care and support you need. Explore the topics below to start.

Home Help with decision making

Help with decision making

Most people retain the ability to make decisions about all aspects of their life until they die. However, it’s a good idea to think about what you would like to happen if, for some reason, you were unable to communicate your preferences or make decisions. It’s important to note that only in rare cases will people require support with all their decisions. For example, someone may not have the capacity to understand the extent of, and manage, their assets but they will be able to make decisions about where they want to live and who they wish to spend time with. People should be supported to make their own decisions wherever possible. Explore the topics below to learn more.

Supported decision-making

What are my options if I can’t make my own decisions?

Guardians and other substitute decision makers

Who can make decisions for me?

Supporting your wishes and preferences

Your right to be supported in decisions about your life.

Advance care planning

Planning for a situation where you are unable to make a decision.

Living with dementia/cognitive conditions

How does decision-making work if you have dementia or a cognitive condition?

Palliative care

Staying in control of your end-of-life care.

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