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Advance care planning with your patient

Advance care planning is about planning for a patient’s future health and personal care. This becomes important if they cannot make a decision or communicate their wishes at the time when treatment or care is being proposed. Advance care planning can help patients receive the treatment of their choice in the future. It also helps their family and doctors to understand what they want and what is important to them.

Advanced care planning information for health professionals

Mercy Health offers advance care planning information for patients in line with legislative requirements of the Victorian Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016. In some instances, we may be able to help patients commence or complete an advance care directive. We also encourage our patients to identify their medical treatment decision maker and consider appointing that person using the medical treatment decision maker appointment form.

When referring to any Mercy Health service, we request that health professionals provide any existing advance care planning documentation with the referral form.


Werribee Mercy Hospital
Advance care planning manager
Phone: 03 8754 3736
Fax: 03 8754 3281

Last reviewed October 16, 2019.

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