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Advance Care Planning

What is advance care planning?

Advance care planning (ACP) involves thinking and making choices now to guide your future health care. It is a process of communicating your wishes, values, beliefs and treatment preferences with your family, friends and healthcare providers.

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. This brochure (PDF, 957.85 KB) explains more.

Planning ahead can mean:

Find out more information about advance care planning in Queensland.

Free advance care planning clinics

Consumers in the Metro South Health region can now take advantage of advance care planning clinics occurring at Community Health Centres during 2024. 

The Metro South Health Advance Care Planning Service

What is the ACP Service

Metro South Health (MSH) provides a free ACP service at all MSH hospitals, staffed by experienced ACP facilitators to:

  • educate and upskill health professionals regarding the importance of ACP 
  • assist patients and families to undertake quality ACP
  • increase awareness and uptake of ACP in the community. 

What can the ACP Service do?

  • Provide ACP education, advice and support to upskill health professionals 
  • Guide conversations with patients and families regarding future health care wishes, preferences and personal values
  • Guide patients and families to fully complete ACP documents:
    • Enduring Power of Attorney | Advance Health Directive | Statement of Choices
  • Assist patients and families to share completed ACP documents with the Statewide Office of Advance Care Planning (Queensland Health), GPs and other health professionals involved in patient care
  • Provide information and education sessions (in person or virtual) to community groups about ACP to raise community levels of awareness.


Metro South Advance Care Planning Service Team


NUM: Christine Duncan
Phone: 1300 227 674



CNC: Alice Backholm
Phone: 1300 227 674

Beaudesert Hospital


CNC: Alice Backholm
Phone: 0499 846 578

Logan Hospital


CNC: Emily Jones
Phone: 0499 972 752

Princess Alexandra Hospital


CNC: Nala Rajakaruna
Phone: 0439 365 469

CNC: Alana Cresswell
Phone: 0499 972 754

QEII Jubilee Hospital


CNC: Dina Ruas
Phone: 0419 397 228

Redland Hospital


CNC: Dina Ruas
Phone: 0419 397 228

CNC: Alice Backholm
Phone: 0499 846 578

Statewide Office of Advance Care Planning

PO Box 2274
Runcorn Qld 4113
Phone: 1300 007 227
Fax: 1300 008 227


Last updated 19 April 2024
Last reviewed 19 April 2024