A Comprehensive Guide to Advanced Care Planning NT

A comprehensive guide to future-proof your voice and preferences to ensure better health, care and wellbeing outcomes now and in the future with Advanced Care Planning NT

Advanced Care Planning NT

Advanced Care Planning NT is a crucial aspect of ensuring that your healthcare preferences are honoured, especially in the event that you are unable to make decisions for yourself. In the Northern Territory, individuals are encouraged to create an Advanced Care Planning NT to outline their future health care decisions, financial matters, and lifestyle preferences. This blog post serves as a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the process of Advanced Care Planning NT.

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Understanding Advance Care Planning in the Northern Territory

Within the Northern Territory, individuals can establish their preferences through an Advanced Care Planning NT, a legally binding document commonly referred to as a living will. This plan becomes effective should the individual lose decision-making capacity during their lifetime, serving as a directive for medical treatments and other considerations without replacing their will.

Key elements of the Advanced Care Planning NT include the ability to provide instructional directives outlining specific medical treatments that an individual consents to or refuses. Additionally, a values directive can be included to communicate personal beliefs and preferences for the appointed decision-maker to consider when making healthcare choices on behalf of the individual.

One crucial aspect of care planning is the appointment of a trusted decision-maker. This individual can be a spouse, parent, adult child, relative, or friend, entrusted with the responsibility of making healthcare decisions consistent with the directives outlined in the Advanced Care Planning NT.

  • Specific instructions can be included in the plan, detailing preferences for medical treatments and defining acceptable quality of life standards.
  • Advanced Care Planning NT forms, available for download, provide guidance on completing the document and require witnessing by an authorised individual as per the form's instructions.
  • For individuals unable to express their decisions, healthcare professionals or family members can document preferences on their behalf using the provided form for those with insufficient decision-making capacity.

Regular reviews and updates to the Advanced Care Planning NT are encouraged, particularly in the event of health changes or personal circumstances, allowing individuals to amend or revoke their directives as needed to reflect their current wishes and decisions.

Inquiries and additional support can be obtained from the National Advance Care Planning Support ServiceTM, offering guidance and information on care planning practices. Understanding the applicability of the care planning in various states and territories is also crucial to ensure compliance and recognition across different regions.

For detailed legal information on Advanced Care Planning NT laws and related government services, individuals can refer to the Northern Territory Government resources for comprehensive guidance and support.

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Filling in the Specific Form for Advance Care Planning

Before documenting a plan in the Northern Territory, individuals should have an understanding of Advanced Care Planning NT and its processes. This includes learning about the relevant forms needed to create an advance care directive.

Recording Choices

In the Northern Territory, individuals can record their preferences for future health care, financial matters, and lifestyle in an Advanced Care Planning NT, also known as a living will. This legal document comes into effect when decision-making capacity is lost while still alive, without replacing a will.

Appointing a Decision-Maker

Trusted individuals like a spouse, parent, adult child, relative, or friend can be appointed as decision-makers. They can consent to or refuse treatment based on the lawful statements and decisions outlined in the Advanced Care Planning NT.

Creating the Plan

To create the plan, individuals need to fill in the Advanced Care Planning NT form with specific instructions that must be followed. It is essential for the form to be witnessed by an authorised person listed on the form.

Specific Instructions

The Advanced Care Planning NT allows for detailing specific instructions concerning medical treatments and defining acceptable standards of quality of life.

For instance, individuals can specify withholding or withdrawing life-prolonging treatments like tube feeding or resuscitation in certain situations such as terminal illness with no chance of recovery, severe brain damage preventing communication, or severe injuries with unlikely recovery.

Completing Advanced Care Planning NT for someone who cannot make or communicate decisions involves using the document for a person with insufficient decision-making capacity form, which though not legally binding, helps in informing care decisions.

It is recommended to upload the Advanced Care Planning NT to My Health Record for easy access. Additionally, registering the plan with the Public Trustee, sharing copies with family, friends, and healthcare providers, and making necessary updates are crucial steps to ensure that everyone is informed about the individual’s preferences.


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People are supported through the entire creation process, with the world’s most comprehensive suite of content types and in-browser video, audio and written content creation (or uploads), and of course secure lifetime storage. People also have full management over their recipient, privacy and delivery preferences, safeguarding their privacy, independence, and connections to loved ones today, and into the future.

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Evaheld Care Planning Suite: Empowering Better Care and Wellbeing outcomes today and into the future.

In this article, we delve into Evaheld’s comprehensive Care Planning Suite, designed to empower individuals by preserving their identities and ensuring their wishes for better care and wellbeing today and into the future. The suite comprises two essential sections:

About Me

Evaheld’s “About Me” section captures vital content that preserves a person’s identity and personality. Future caregivers gain valuable insights into an individual’s character, enabling them to align care outcomes with the person’s unique attributes—even if communication becomes challenging or impossible. This section includes Evaheld’s most popular self-preservation content and expert-curated questionnaires from Dementia Support Australia, providing a holistic view of the person’s life:

Produced by Evaheld

  1. “My Memoir” - A fulfilling and profound way to encapsulate a person’s life, character, values and most significant moments.
  2. “Legacy Letter” aka Ethical Will - An impactful way to encapsulate your most important life experiences and transmit your values and blessings to your children, grandchildren, or other loved ones.

Produced by Dementia Support Australia

  1. “About Me - In Brief”: A concise overview of personal preferences, interests, and lifestyle.
  2. “About Me - In Depth”: A more detailed exploration of the individual’s background, values, and life experiences.
  3. “Lifestyle and Social History”: A comprehensive overview which provides a holistic view of the person’s life.

Advance Care Planning

Evaheld’s Advance Care Planning section focuses on preserving autonomy and preferences related to medical care today and into the future. It addresses scenarios where individuals may be unable to make decisions due to incapacity at that future time, whether in the short or long term. Key features of this section include:

Comprehensive Advance Care Plan Questionnaire

  • The platform prompts you with a comprehensive questionnaire covering various aspects of your care preferences.
  • You’ll answer questions related to medical treatments, life-sustaining interventions, and quality-of-life considerations.
    • Evaheld’s Advance Care Plan covers all of the essential elements of a comprehensive Advance Care Directive, including:
      • Personal details
      • Guardianship
      • Personal Values
      • Emergency Preferences
      • Care Preferences
      • Organ & Tissue Donation
      • Personal Notes
      • Doctor & Health Team Details
      • Party Assisting with Documenting
      • Statement of Understanding
      • Witness Statement
    • The platform prompts you with a comprehensive questionnaire covering various aspects of your care preferences.
    • You’ll answer questions related to medical treatments, life-sustaining interventions, and quality-of-life considerations.

Personalised Choices

    • Based on your responses, Evaheld tailors your advance care plan to your specific wishes.
    • You can express your preferences regarding resuscitation, hospitalization, pain management, and more.

User-Friendly Interface

    • Evaheld provides an intuitive platform that guides you through the process step by step.
    • The user-friendly interface ensures that you can create your advance care plan without any technical difficulties.

Legal Validity

    • The digital advance care plan generated by Evaheld is legally valid.
    • It serves as a Common Law Advance Care Directive, ensuring that your wishes are legally recognized.

Emergency Access

    • Your advance care plan is accessible 24/7 via a QR code.
    • In emergencies, healthcare providers can quickly scan the QR code to access your preferences and provide appropriate care.

Trusted Contacts

    • Evaheld automatically shares your plan with trusted contacts.
    • Nurses, carers, doctors, and emergency department staff can access the information when needed.

Peace of Mind for Families

    • By creating an advance care plan, you relieve your loved ones from making difficult decisions during critical moments.
    • Your family will appreciate your thoughtful preparation, and conflicts can be minimised.

Australian-Based and Secure

    • All data is stored securely on Australian servers (ISO 27001 certified).
    • You can trust that your information is safe and confidential.

Remember that advance care planning is essential for ensuring that your healthcare preferences are known and respected. Evaheld streamlines this process, making it accessible and legally valid.

By combining identity preserving About Me and choice preserving Advance Care planning, Evaheld ensures that individuals’ voices are heard, and their wishes carried out, throughout their care journey.

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