There are many resources that are available to assist those considering advance care planning. Some of these are below. Please note, these links will take you out of the St Vincent's Hospital site.
1) Who will speak for me about my healthcare if I cannot speak for myself? This St Vincent’s Health Network information page provides information for patients, families, carers and friends. The information talks about the laws about who your healthcare team should talk with to make decisions about your health, your care and your treatment if you become too ill to make your own decisions. It also explains how you can appoint someone to speak for you who you trust to represent your wishes.
2) Making Your Wishes Known is a resource developed by the NSW Ministry of Health. The brochure is available in 11 community languages including: Arabic; Chinese Simplified; Chinese Traditional; Greek; Italian; Korean; Macedonian; Serbian; Spanish; Vietnamese
3) Start2Talk is a part of the Alzheimer’s Australia website developed to help all Australians, not only those with Alzheimers’s Disease, start the conversations involved in planning ahead. The website has step-by-step guidance and some very practical and helpful worksheets to assist you with planning issues that relate to your home life as well as your healthcare. A planning worksheet booklet from this site can be found here.
4) Planning Ahead Tools is a website that has been developed by the NSW Office for Ageing, NSW Trustee and Guardian and NSW Public Guardian to provide information and advice for future legal, health and financial decisions.
5) My Future Care is a website that has been developed by Catholic Health Australia to provide information for people considering their future health care needs, and guidance for health care professionals. The site aims to provide support to prospective patients and residents of Catholic facilities, and the health professionals who take care of them; and to provide guidance that is consistent with Catholic and secular ethics. Catholic Health Australia also has information and a specific form for an Advance Care Plan that can be found http://www.cha.org.au/publications-355446/273-advance-care-planning-documents.
6) Taking Care of Business - Planning Ahead for Aboriginal People in New South Wales This guide aims to provide an easy to read introduction to Wills, Powers of Attorney, Enduring Guardianship and Advance Care Planning for Aboriginal people. It includes case studies, tips, useful definitions and contacts.
7) Dignity, Respect and Choice: Advance Care Planning for End of Life for People with Mental Illness - An Introductory Guide.
This guide, developed by the NSW Ministry of Health, aims to help support people with mental illness, their family and carers, with the complex and diverse issues which might arise around advance care planning for end of life. This guide is available in eleven community languages.
8) The Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal has a website with fact sheets and information about enduring guardianship, power of attorney and consent to medical treatments.
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