The Office of Advance Care Planning is a statewide service, hosted by Metro South Health, that helps to promote the important process of advance care planning. You can send a copy of completed advance care planning documents to the Office of Advance Care Planning for review and upload to your Queensland Health electronic hospital record (The Viewer). If you wish your documents to be in My Health Record only you can upload them via myhealthrecord.gov.au.
Advance care planning involves thinking and making choices now to guide your future health care. It is also a process of communicating your wishes. If you have strong beliefs about what you want to happen in the future, it is particularly important to make your plans and wishes known now. You can do this by having a conversation with those close to you and writing down your preferences.
It can be hard to talk about what might happen if you become very unwell, but it will give you and your loved ones peace of mind to know that your wishes can be known and respected. Your advance care plan includes the conversation you have with your family, friends and health care professionals and your written documents. Here are some tips to get you started.
The Statement of Choices form focuses on your quality of life and records your wishes and choices for health care into the future. Your advance care planning documents, including your Statement of Choices, will only be used if you are unable to make or communicate your decisions.
Frequently asked questions about advance care planning (including terminology) and the Queensland advance care planning forms: Advance Health Directive, Enduring Power of Attorney and Statement of Choice.