Make sure people know your future health care preferences

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18-24 March is National Advance Care Planning Week.

Have you thought about the care you would like to receive if you become seriously ill?

Advance care planning helps to ensure your health care preferences are known and respected if you can’t speak for yourself.

Regardless of your age or health, it’s never too soon to start the conversation and share what matters most.

  1. Talk to your family, friends and doctors.
  2. Write down your health care preferences.
  3. Choose who you would like to make decisions for you.
  4. Create your plan.

Get started now and visit Advance Care Planning Australia.

Let's change aged care, together

Every Australian should feel confident about accessing high quality and safe aged care, when and where they need it.

The changes mean Older people will have greater choice and control, services that respect and meet their needs, and support to stay independent as they age.

To find out more and help design the changes, visit the Get Involved page or call 1800 318 209.

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The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.