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
For you to add an Advance Care Planning Document to your record, you must first:
- Scan your paper document on your computer.
- Save it as a ‘pdf’ document – it’s a good idea to include your name, date and the type of document in the title.
Note: When you scan and save your advance care planning document, please check that it is less than 21 MB. You may need to scan the document in black and white only to achieve this, particularly if your document is large.
- Sign in to your My Health Record If you do not have one, register here:
- Click on the Add an Advance Care Planning Document link.
- Browse and select the document you want to add to your record.
- Enter the date that the document was last updated.
- Enter the name and contact number of the person who wrote the document – normally this would be you.
- Click the Prepare document for review and upload button.
- The document you selected will be displayed - review the document, check that it is around the right way, correct and complete.
- Click the Confirm and Add to my record button if you are happy for the document to be added to your My Health Record.
- Enter the names and contact details of the people you have shared the document with (your Advance Care Document Custodian/s). Note that you can come back and change or add to these details at any time.
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.