Advance care planning is the process of planning for your future health care. It relates to health care you would, or would not, like to receive if you were to become seriously ill or injured and you are unable to communicate your preferences or make decisions.
An advance health directive (AHD) is sometimes known as a living will. It's something you create for yourself and involves documenting your preferences for future care. It can include your values, life goals and preferred outcomes, and directions about care and treatments.
In WA, the law allows you to make an AHD in which you either provide consent, or refuse consent, to future treatments in specific circumstances. An AHD can only be completed while you have the ability – or ‘mental capacity’ – to make and communicate decisions.
The form used to create an AHD has undergone a major review following an extensive public consultation process undertaken by the End of Life Care Program within the WA Department of Health. The WA Minister for Health, the Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson, will officially launch the revised AHD on 4th August 2022. More information here: