Healthy living

Advance care planning

  • Advance care planning can help you to have a say in what type of care you receive in the future.
  • It helps others understand your values, beliefs and preferences for when you are no longer able to make or communicate decisions about your health and personal care.
  • Advance care planning can start at any age. It is best started when you are feeling well and able to make decisions.

Advance care planning is a voluntary process of planning for future health and personal care where your values, beliefs and preferences are made known to guide decision-making at a future time when you cannot make or communicate your decisions.

Everyone should consider advance care planning, regardless of their age or health. It can be particularly important to individuals such as people with an advanced chronic illness, a life-limiting illness, are aged 75+ years or at risk of losing competence.  
Advance care planning resources


YouTube play buttonAdvance care planning in WA: what it is and what it means for you (external site)

Start the process

Record your decisions

YouTube play buttonAdvance care planning documents in WA (external site)
Video describing the different documents to record your values, preferences and treatment decisions and when you might use them.

Other documents

Order resources

Resources for Aboriginal people

Resources in other languages

More advance care planning information

Education sessions

Palliative Care WA delivers free, informative and interactive community workshops on advance care planning and palliative care in Perth and regional WA. Workshops cover are run in person or online. For more information or to book a workshop visit Palliative Care WA (external site).

Where to get help

Advance care planning

  • Department of Health WA Advance Care Planning Information Line
    General enquiries and to order advance care planning resources  (e.g. Advance Health Directives, Values and Preferences form)
    Phone: 9222 2300
  • Palliative Care WA – Advance care planning workshops and support
    Free information, workshops and support with advance care planning for the community
    Phone: 1300 551 704 (9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day)
    Palliative Care WA (external site)
  • National Advance Care Planning Free Support Service
    General queries and support with completing advance care planning documents
    Phone: 1300 208 582 (Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm AEST)
    Online referral form (external site)

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Last reviewed: 01-08-2022

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