Write your final chapter: Victoria's new advance care planning laws

Hosted by the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer and Cancer Council Victoria, in conjunction with Law Week 2017
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 250-290 Spring Street, East Melbourne
Wednesday 17 May 2017, 5.45 – 7.15 pm (refreshments will be provided)

To register – email info@mccabecentre.org
For more information – email deborah.lawson@cancervic.org.au or call 9514 6334

Write your own final chapter infographic What are your preferences, wishes and values about medical care and treatment? What happens if you’re unable to communicate these in the future? Who will make decisions for you if you can’t make decisions for yourself?

Join us for presentations and a lively panel discussion of how Victoria’s new advance care planning laws will support Victorians to write their final chapters. The new medical treatment decision making laws make it possible for Victorians to record their instructions, preferences, wishes, and values about medical treatment in writing, so that if you’re unable to express these in the future, you’ll still be able to have your views heard and respected in decision making about your medical treatment.

This event will provide a welcoming space in which people affected by cancer, carers, health professionals and community members can gain a better understanding of how medical treatment planning can better support choices about end-of-life care.

This event aims to:

  • Educate the community about new legislation in Victoria, that legislates for advance care directives, and changes the role of substitute decision makers
  • Demystify end of life care and decision making
  • Educate and support people to plan for a time when they may not be able to make decisions about their medical treatmentA multi-disciplinary panel of speakers will guide the audience through a step-by-step approach to advance care planning, using real life examples.