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Advance Care Planning

Peninsula Health Advance Care PlanningLocation

ACP Service
The Mornington Centre
Cnr Tyalla Grove and Separation St
Mornington VIC 3931


Phone enquiries via ACCESS: 1300 665 781

ACCESS your first point of contact for Peninsula Health Service information, referrals & advice.

Email: acp@phcn.vic.gov.au    

What is the Advance Care Planning Service?

The Advance Care Planning Service is a free service to provide assistance with Advance Care Planning for people living in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula region.

The Advance Care Planning Service can:

  • Post you an information pack
  • Provide telephone advice
  • Provide an appointment to help you consider and talk about your preferences and complete your advance care plan

A consultation with an Advance Care Planning nurse specialist can be arranged by telephoning the service Monday to Friday during business hours. A doctor’s referral is not required for the consultation. You will be asked to make a follow up visit with your GP to discuss, sign and witness any documents you may complete.

For other areas outside Peninsula Health’s region phone 9496 5660 to locate the closest Advance Care Planning service or go online to www.advancecareplanning.org.au

A free Advance Care Planning (ACP) resource developed by the Peninsula Health ACP Service is available. This is a DIY ACP Toolkit and the first of its kind for Victoria. The toolkit enables the user to create a Medical Power of Attorney and Advance Care Directive form by following the prompts. Your form is then saved and printed for signing. The online tools are available to everyone, you don’t have to live in the Peninsula Health area. Click on the links provided.

 Online Advance Care Directive form


Online Medical Power of Attorney form


What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance Care Planning involves taking steps to carefully consider and plan for your future healthcare. It is a way to let your family and doctors know how you want to be cared for if you become unable to make decisions for yourself. It is about planning for a time when you may be seriously ill or injured so that your choices and preferences about personal care and medical treatment are clearly known to your family, doctors and carers. Then if you experience a serious deterioration in health or suffer a medical crisis, your Advance Care Plan can be activated and your wishes can be followed by everyone involved.

Who should do Advance Care Planning?

Anyone could suffer a serious accident or unexpected illness so planning ahead is relevant to everyone. It can be particularly helpful for people who:

  • have multiple or complex medical problems
  • are regularly admitted to hospital
  • suffer from a chronic disease affecting major organs such as kidneys, lungs or heart
  • suffer from a serious or life-limiting illness such as cancer
  • are elderly or frail of health and receiving supportive care services
  • have a diagnosis of early memory problems or dementia
  • are relatively healthy but keen to plan for future healthcare

Why do I need Advance Care Planning?

If you are sick or injured and cannot make your own decisions about treatment, your family may be asked to make difficult decisions about your care such as:

  • resuscitation and life support
  • high risk surgery
  • permanent tube feeding
  • hospital or nursing home admissions
  • end of life care

How can Advance Care Planning help me?

  • You can make these decisions ahead of time
  • You can discuss and write down your preferences so these can be followed

Watch this short video to hear Nicky’s story about how an Advance Care Plan can help you and your family

When should I start Advance Care Planning?

Most people do not make good decisions during a time of stress. It is important to plan ahead before you become very unwell, start to have significant problems with memory and clear thinking or are admitted to hospital for major illness or surgery. It is highly recommended that you begin to plan while:

  • your health is stable
  • you don’t feel under stress or pressure
  • there is plenty of time to make well considered choices and to involve others such as your spiritual advisor, doctor, family or friends if you want to

What are the benefits of Advance Care Planning?

  • Peace of mind
  • Makes things easier for your family
  • Helps doctors and others who care for you know what you want

Advance Care Planning helps to:

  • raise the topic about your future care preferences with family members who often wonder about such things but avoid raising discussion for fear of worrying loved ones
  • provide peace of mind that your wishes regarding future care and medical treatment can be communicated to the doctors, nurses and others who may be looking after you
  • unburden family of the stress and conflict commonly experienced while making decisions for a seriously ill loved one when there is uncertainty about their wishes
  • make your wishes and preferences clearly known so that these can be respected

How do I do Advance Care Planning?

There are four key steps you can take now:

  1. Talk about your views and preferences with your family, doctor, carers and close friends.
  2. Choose and appoint a Medical Enduring Power of Attorney who can make health care decisions on your behalf if needed.
  3. Write down your views and preferences for your family, doctors and carers in a document called an Advance Care Directive
  4. Give copies of your documents to your family, doctor and hospital staff on admission.

These steps can be facilitated by an experienced Advance Care Planning Nurse.

Call the Advance Care Planning Service for an information pack, advice, or assistance.

How will health providers know I have an Advance Care Plan?

You can provide a copy to your GP, Specialist doctor and local public hospital through their Advance Care Planning program. You can also upload a copy to your national My Health Record. This is the new name of the national electronic health record system. Having a My Health Record means your important health information like your Advance Care Plan can be digitally stored in one place. Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff with access may be able to see it online from anywhere at any time when they need to, like in an accident or emergency. For more information If you don’t know about the national ‘My Health Record’ use this link to learn about how to get and use one https://myhealthrecord.gov.au/internet/mhr/publishing.nsf/content/acp


Advance Care Planning Factsheet: You Decide, Plan Ahead

Medical Enduring Power of Attorney – Frequently Asked Questions

Medical Enduring Power of Attorney Form 

Checklist for completing an Enduring Power of Attorney (Medical Treatment)

Advance Care Directives Frequently Asked Questions

Advance Care Directive Form

Guide to completing an Advance Care Directive

CPR Frequently Asked Questions

How to finalise your Advance Care Plan Documents instruction sheet 

Free Advance Care Planning Toolkit 

How to Upload your Advance Care Plan to your My Health Record

Planning Checklist & Emotional Will


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Advance Care Planning Brochure ACP Poster