An Advance Personal Plan is a legal document that will set out your future health, financial and life choices should you be unable to make decisions for yourself. This can be due to age, illness or accident. It is also known as a living will and will only take effect when you lose decision-making capacity while you are still alive. It does not replace your will.
Advance Personal Planning replaces enduring power of attorney in the Northern Territory.
Download an Advance Personal Plan form. It provides cues to what you may like to include in your plan. A sample of some of these questions are provided below:
It is strongly recommended that before completing this document you discuss your options with your doctor who knows your medical history and views. The doctor will also be able to explain any medical terms that you are unsure about and will confirm that you were able to understand the decisions you have made in the document and that you made those decisions voluntarily. You can also ask your doctor to witness your signature.
You may also wish to contact the Advance care planning advisory service on 1300 208 582 for guidance. They are available 9am – 5pm (AEST) Monday to Friday.
Advance Care Planning Australia is funded by the Australian Government and administered by Austin Health.
Further information is available on the advance personal plan form and on the website, nt.gov.au/law/rights/advance-personal-plan
More information about end of life planning is available to COTA NT members in the White Papers section of the Members only pages.