Approx 85% of Australians will die after a chronic illness, not a sudden event. Up to 50% will be incapable of making their own decision at the end of life.

With the Advanced Care Planning legislation passed last year and a report prepared for the Victorian Parliament on Funeral & Burial Instructions, we look at the new laws that will help people plan for the future and ensure their final wishes and instructions are met.

On this episode we are joined by:

Claire McNamara, Legal Officer, Office of the Public Advocate

The Hon. Philip Cummins AM Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission.


Plan your future care – Advance care planning

Advance care planning is when a person discusses with those close to them and their doctor their preferences for their future medical treatment and personal care. Advance care planning is something that a person with capacity can do for themself.  (And the wishes of someone who does not have capacity should always be sought.)

Advance care planning involves ongoing conversations and discussions. People’s views and wishes change with their changing experience, observations, and life circumstances. To undertake advance care planning a person needs to become comfortable with discussing wishes and plans over time.