An Advance Care Directive is also known as a Living Will and is a document in which you set out a plan for your care (1) in the event of serious illness or injury, and (2) where you are not able to speak for yourself, and (3) a good outcome for you appears unlikely.
It allows your loved ones can speak to your medical team for you about what treatment to provide to you - a treatment plan that you have thoroughly considered and decided about well in advance.
It is important that all Australians have this document drawn up because it provides your family with guidance as to what you would want to have happen and relieves them of feelings of uncertainty and guilt and, to a large extent, the responsibility to making very difficult decisions that other family members and friends may have very different views about.
Most Australians do not want to be kept alive artificially or resuscitated if they are terminally ill or so severely ill or injured that the continuance of a normal, fulfilled life would be impossible. Regardless, of your view points on this, however, an Advance Care Directive can guide your family as to whether or not you wish to be kept alive in those circumstances, and if not, whether to you wish to continue to receive limited medical intervention or none at all.
Your Advance Care Directive can be linked to your Enduring Guardianship Nomination or not. The formalities for completion are very simple and this document can be withdrawn at any time by you. There are many variations of this document, but we recommend one that incorporates your views on death and dying, your views on what is for you an acceptable living standard, and what you would like to have happen should there be no hope for your recovery without severely diminishing the a standard of living that is acceptable to you. Pelican Solicitors offers assistance in completion of Advance Care Directives.