Advance Care Directives: What They Are and How to Make One

Article published 24 March 2018

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Advance care directives help you take control over important health decisions in the future.

An advance care directive is a document that says what medical treatments you would like to have and which you would like to refuse.

Advance care directives are used if you find yourself in a position, because of serious illness or injury, where you can’t make or communicate decisions about health care and treatment. An advance care directive can also include details about who you would like to make decisions for you.

In NSW there isn’t a specific form for writing an advance care directive. However, you can access forms created by different agencies to make writing an advance care directive easier.

NSW Health is currently trialling a ‘Making an Advance Care Directive’ package that includes an information booklet and a form for you to complete. Contact CPSA on 1800 451 488 to get a package posted to you.

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