Respecting Patient Choices

The Respecting Patient Choices (RPC) Program supports advance care planning. It began in 2002 as a pilot program at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne, and has since been extended to a number of health services and communities in Victoria, and implemented at one lead hospital in each state and territory. The expansion has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, and the Victorian Government Department of Human Services.

Summary of Implementation


ACT The Canberra Hospital May 2006
NSW John Hunter Hospital May 2005
NT Royal Darwin Hospital Jul 2006
QLD Townsville hospital May 2005
SA The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Oct 2004
TAS Royal Hobart Hospital Apr 2006
WA Fremantle Hospital Feb 2006

Some of these sites have also begun expanding advance care planning in their local communities.


Austin Health Aug 2002
Barwon Health Nov 2005
Community Specialist Palliative Care (Banksia and Melbourne CityMission) Mar 2004
Eastern Health Nov 2003
Northern Health Sep 2004
South West Healthcare (Warnambool, Hamilton, Portland)  
Southern Health Oct 2006

Most of the Victorian sites have expanded implementation to a number of residential aged care facilities. The largest is Austin Health with an evaluation of RPC in 17 aged care facilities in the Austin area between 2003-2005.

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Last updated 17 January 2017