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Just as in life, patients who are dying will have preferences about where and how they want to die.

The refreshed Care plan for the dying person – Victoria and supporting resources will help you explore and document someone’s wishes, requests and preferences in the last days and hours of life.

It will step you through recognising someone who is dying, reviewing medications and interventions, planning and delivering individualised care, and providing care after death.

Adapt this care plan for your health service to manage patients who may be deteriorating or approaching death, and help identify care goals.

Download the care plan.

Health professional user guide

This guide steps you through how to use the care plan, who should fill it out and what to consider. 
It includes some helpful advice and examples. View the guide

Consumer brochure

Available in six community languages below, this brochure can be printed and given to your patient and the people who matter most to them to help them understand how the care plan is used to support their loved one.

The brochure is for the patient and the people who matter most to them when the care plan is in use, and not for display on public stands.

When we consulted with community leaders, they told us that it is best to provide the brochure in both English and the community language. 

Please contact us at if you would like print-ready versions.


This suite of resources are internationally endorsed and supported by local clinical experts. Safer Care Victoria revised the documents to align with legislative changes, and to help your health service meet national healthcare quality and safety standards.


Please note: This resource was developed before the establishment of the Palliative Care Advice Service. Visit Palliative Care Advice Service or phone 1800 360 000 between 7 am and 10 pm. 

Translated consumer fact sheets

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Centre of Clinical Excellence - Older People
Safer Care Victoria

Page last updated: 28 Oct 2022

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