More than two-thirds of older Australians are side-stepping the opportunity to control their end-of-life care, with men less likely to plan than women.
New research has found 70 per cent of Australians aged 65 and do not have any form of advance care planning document in place and of the 30 per cent that do, the majority of them are either incomplete, invalid or not legally binding.
The study was led by Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) – a government-funded program aimed at giving older Australians choice and control over their future medical treatment decisions and end-of-life care.
According to ACPA, around a third of people will be unable to make their own end-of-life decisions. An advanced care plan (ACP) offers people the…