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Advance care planning can also involve a person making an Advance Care Directive.

An Advance Care Directive is a legally binding statement or document through which a person with capacity records and provides instruction about their future medical treatment or healthcare in the event that they lose capacity to make decisions. This instruction reflects the person’s wishes, preferences, values and preferred outcomes about their future healthcare and medical treatment. An Advance Care Directive can also formally appoint a substitute decision-maker for medical treatment decisions. 

Depending on your state or territory, an Advance Care Directive may be referred to as a:

  1. Advance directive
  2. Advance health directive
  3. Advance personal plan
  4. Health direction
  5. Living will
  6. Refusal of Treatment Certificate