What happens if you are no longer well enough to decide or express how you wish to be treated or cared for?
Solaris Cancer Care helps promote and provides a venue for the WA Health Department’s combined Advance Care Planning and Enduring Guardian workshops to empower you to prepare ahead. This workshop is a half day class facilitated by staff from the Health Department of WA and the Office of the Public Advocate, designed to inform and help participants in the workshops prepare an Advanced Health Directive and nominate an Enduring Guardian.
The workshops are held twice a year in May and September. The workshops provide a group forum for attendees to ask questions regarding decision making about health care treatment when the person receiving treatment no longer has full mental capacity.
An Advance Health Directive (AHD) is a document that contains our decisions about our future health care treatment. This includes all medical, surgical, dental and other health care needs. It makes clear your wishes for health care and end of life care, including the appointment of an Enduring Guardian(s) who can make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer able to.
The main reason for an AHD is to formally and legally specify what sort of treatment you will endorse and consent to well in advance. This becomes a legally binding document for doctors and health care providers to adhere to. It enables you, your family and health care professionals to have clarity and peace of mind with respect to all aspects of your health care wishes. Your advance health directive is only to be used if and when you are unable to make a treatment decision for yourself.
An Enduring Guardian is a person (or persons) you appoint to make personal, lifestyle, and treatment decisions on your behalf should you become unable to make those choices yourself.
At this workshop, you will learn:
How to prepare an Advance Health Directive
How to document and make clear your wishes for health care treatment
How to document and make clear your wishes for end of life care
How to appoint an enduring guardian to make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer able to.
Facilitated by the WA Department of Health.
Cost: No charge
For more information or to obtain an Advance Health Directive form, contact the Department of Health.