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An Advance Care Directive (ACD) is a form that you fill out in order to direct Doctors and health professionals of your medical treatment wishes, should you be in a position where you are not physically able to do so yourself.
*Please Note* Dying With Dignity Victoria are currently reviewing and updating our forms and information in accordance with the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016.
Click here to find an Advance Care Directive form to download and print off
Dying With Dignity Victoria runs workshops throughout the year where you can find out information on how to complete ACD's, and how they can be used to document treatment and refusal of treatment preferences.
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an Advance Care Directive workshop from 2015
16 September, 2016
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy has announced legislation that will provide greater support for people's medical treatment wishes. The Parliamentary bill also aims to provide the health services industry with the support to better educate both health providers and their patients about Advance Care Directives.
Current Update: 24 November
The Amendments made in the Upper House were accepted in the Lower House. The Bill now goes through to the Governor for Royal Assent where it will be passed through as a law.
Current Update: 22 November
The Bill is currently being debated in the Upper House. It was voted through to the committee stage so that amendments to the bill could be debated. After a late session in Parliament all amendments were made and were voted through 30 - 7.
Current update: 27 October, 2016
The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Bill is being debated in Parliament with strong support from Labor and the Greens.
Labor MP Gabrielle Williams: "The bill before us today is essentially and fundamentally framed around the proposition that every patient should get to make their own decisions about medical treatment. These decisions should include access to quality medical treatment that is delivered in a way that is consistent with a person’s preferences and their values.
The Liberal and National MPs have expressed their support for Advance Care Directives and legislating for them, however, are currently seeking to have the Bill removed and amended.
For further details:
Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Bill
The Victorian Government is in the process of developing legislation that will ensure Advance Care Directives receive statutory recognition.
The new legislation aims to simplify the laws and processes about peoples medical treatment wishes.
What the proposed Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act will do
The proposed Act aims to: