An Advance Health Directive is a crucial document, together with an Enduring Power of Attorney and Enduring Power of Guardianship, that forms part of planning for your future. Even if you have a Will, it only takes effect after you pass, so with increasing lifespans, these documents are even more important. They are important whether you are healthy or have an illness, and regardless of your age.
Advance care planning helps you think about your future medical treatment and health care needs, if you cannot communicate decisions about your medical care.
By creating a plan in advance, your family, friends, carers and doctors can understand how you would like to be cared for both now and in the future.