My Wishes, My Plan
Advance Care Planning
If you have wishes for your future medical treatment you should write them down and share them, so that they are known should the need arise. You may also ask someone to speak on your behalf, and make decisions about your medical treatment, if you were unable to do so yourself. You can share this information in your My Health Record where it will be available to healthcare providers at the time and place it is needed.
You should still share this important information with the people who might be contacted if you were unable to communicate regarding your medical treatment as not all healthcare providers will have access to your My Health Record.
Advance Care Planning in 3 easy steps:
In preparing an Advance Care Plan or identifying someone who might be able to make decisions for you if you can’t, a range of information resources are available to help.
There are variations in the state and territory legislation and supporting forms that you should consider before you start your plan. Find more information here.
There are many health, financial, faith and cultural-based organisations that may also help you prepare an advance care planning document, but any advice should be considered with respect to the state or territory in which you live.
Uploading an Advance Care Planning Document to your My Health Record
If you do not have a My Health Record, register at www.myhealthrecord.gov.au.
- Save your advance care planning document on your computer. It’s a good idea to include your name, date and the type of document in the PDF filename. * If you have an electronic document, save it as a PDF on your computer.
- Sign in to your My Health Record.
- From the Documents tab, select Advance Care Planning.
- Scroll down the page and click on the Add an Advance Care Planning Document link.
- Scroll down to the document upload section. a. Click Browse and browse to the document saved in step 1.
- Check that you have uploaded the correct document, it is around the right way and all pages are included. If you are happy for the document to be added to your My Health Record. click Save and then click Ok. (Otherwise, if there are any problems with the document, click Cancel and fix the problems in the PDF. Then go back to step 3.)
- To add the contact details of your Advance Care Document Custodian(s), click Add a Custodian.
- Enter the names and contact details of the people you have shared the document with (your advance care document custodians). Click Save when finished. Note: you can come back and change or add to these details at any time.
* If you have a paper document, scan it and save it as a PDF on your computer. Please check that it is no larger than 21 MB. You may need to scan the document in black and white rather than colour, to reduce the size.
b. Enter the date that the document was last updated.
c. Enter the given name, family name and contact number of the person who wrote the document – this would normally be you.
d. Click Next to upload the document. The document will be uploaded and displayed.
Viewing an Advance Care Planning Document in your My Health Record
You can view or update your Advance Care Planning Document or custodian in your My Health Record by selecting the Documents tab, choose Advance Care Planning, then choose view Advance Care Planning link.
You and your healthcare providers can view your Advance Care Planning Document (up to 21 MB in size) from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection.
- any healthcare provider accessing your Advance Care Plan, via their clinical desktop, can only view documents that are less than 8MB in size.
- if you are using a mobile app that connects to information in your My Health Record, the current viewing size is limited to 5MB in size.