Planning Ahead

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Planning Ahead is about taking control of your future. It means that your choices will be known and acted on if you cannot express them yourself at some time in the future.

This may happen if you have a sudden accident, become very ill or develop a condition that affects your memory and your planning ability.

Thinking about your future and making your wishes known in advance can help reduce family stress and conflict during times of crisis.

Watch and share the below short Planning Ahead video with your family, friends and colleagues about the importance of Planning Ahead. It talks about what you can do, how, and why we all need to discuss our wishes with our loved ones.

Early planning

It is important for all adults to understand the benefits of early planning. Various legal tools are available to help secure future health, financial, legal and personal choices – such as:

It is never too early to plan ahead:

  • Talk to your family now about your future wishes.
  • Act now to protect your future rights, wishes, values and preferences.

An Enduring Power of Guardianship, Medical Power of Attorney or Anticipatory Direction completed prior to 1 July 2014 is still legally effective. Or you can make a new Advance Care Directive to replace them.

Free legal advice

For free legal information and advice you can contact the Legal Services Commission.
Telephone:  1300 366 424
Office hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm

Videos on Planning Ahead

Can be accessed using Internet Explorer Version 10+, Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

Printable resources on Planning Ahead

Information brochure

FAQs brochure




SA Health wishes to acknowledge a financial contribution by DonateLife, as well as the following speakers for their involvement in the information and consumer videos:

  • Kathy Williams, SA Health – Advance Care Directives
  • Tara Simpson, Legal Services Commission of South Australia – Enduring Power of Attorney
  • Christopher Boundy, Legal Services Commission of South Australia – Wills
  • Elly Nitschke, Office of the Public Advocate
  • Philippa Jones, DonateLife SA – Organ and Tissue Donation
  • Cassie – Transplant Recipient
  • Kate Swaffer – Living with Younger Onset Dementia

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