Sometimes you will want to make clear what your wishes, preferences and instructions are for future health care, living arrangements, personal matters and for what happens when you are nearing the end of your life.

You may also want to appoint one or more people who can act as substitute decision makers for when you can no longer make these decisions yourself.

An Advance Care Directive is a legal document that gives a clear understanding of what you would want for yourself if you ever lost the ability to communicate.

An Advance Care Directive cannot be used to provide direction on your financial matters – this is the purpose of an Enduring Power of Attorney.

The Public Trustee does not prepare Advance Care Directives.

Visit the Advance Care Directives website for more details.