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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.

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Advance care planning

Advance care planning asks you to think about your future healthcare. It relates to healthcare and treatment you would – or would not – like to receive if you were unable to communicate or make decisions yourself. Advance care planning can include health and aged care and/or end of life care. Ideally, advance care planning will result in your values, wishes and preferences being documented in an advance care directive.

These are not always easy conversations to have, but the resources below will help. Advance care planning ensures that the people who support you know what your preferences are and that these preferences are respected.

Advance care planning is for everyone

OPAN webinar in partnership with Advance Care Planning Australia to provide an overview of advance care planning for your future care. Click on the ‘CC’ button to turn on captions and the ‘V’ icon for full screen.

Documents and external links

Learn more about advance care planning. These documents and websites offer help, strategies, and practical information. Brief descriptions are provided for each document or link.

Advance Care Planning Australia

The support service can be contacted on 1300 208 582 or visit their website for resources on how to start this important conversation.

Create your own plan

Everything you need to create your plan, according to the laws in your state or territory [is available on] the Advance Care Planning Australia website.

Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Visit the Advance Care Planning Australia website for materials on the advance care planning process in 17 other languages.

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