In Western Australia an advance care plan is made up of three documents:
1. Enduring Power of Guardianship
An Enduring Guardian is someone you legally appoint to make lifestyle and health care decisions for you if you can no longer make those decisions for yourself. An enduring guardian could be authorised to make decisions about things such as where you live, the support services you have access to and the treatment you receive.
An Enduring Power of Guardianship is the legal document in Western Australia that legally appoints this person. More information is available from the WA Public Advocate.
2. Advance Care Plan
An advance care plan is a document outlining your wishes to help your substitute decision maker and doctor make decisions about your health care if you are not able to do so. It is not a legal document but will be taken into account when making decisions about your care.
3. Advance Health Directives
An Advance Health Directives is a legal documents that is made while you have the ability to make and communicate instructions about your future health and medical treatment.
If you are unable to make a treatment decision, the treatment decisions contained in your Advance Health Directive will come into effect.