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Advance care planning in Australia: overdue for improvement


David Mc.D. Taylor, Emergency Department, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Grattan Street, Parkville, Vic. 3050, Australia. Email:



As the population of Australia ages, the issue of advance care planning (ACP) to improve medical management towards life's end becomes more important. However, ACP appears poorly developed in Australia. This article discusses ACP and advance directives in the context of the Australian experience and compares this with the experience overseas. It highlights the need for an improvement in ACP and recommends specific areas for discussion and research. (Intern Med J 2002; 32: 475−480)