Advance Care Directive

Advance Care Directive

What is an ACD?

ACD's came into effect in 2014. It is a legal form that allows you if you are over 18 yrs.,

  • write down your wishes, preferences and instructions for future health care, living arrangements, personal matters and end of life
  • appoint one or more substitute decision-makers to make these decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so yourself.

How can I receive more information from COTA SA?

If you're in Yorke Peninsula or the Mid North, you can book a free talk on ACDs for your community group.

Su Bell, COTA SA Project Officer and experienced Justice of the Peace, trained in ACDs, is available for you. A free copy of the ACD DIY kit will be provided at the session.

Contact Su directly to arrange or chat through options.
Su Bell
Project Officer
P: 0419 251 598

For more general information on ACDS visit https://advancecaredirectives.sa.gov.au/


During mid-2019, COTA SA ran a short Advance Care Directive (ACD) pilot. We spoke to community groups in Yorke Peninsula on the importance of completing an ACD. The pilot met 8 community groups and the 174 people shared positive feedback from the sessions.

  • 90% people stating they had increased their knowledge on ACD
  • 84% stating they intended to complete an ACD following the session
  • 93% were aware of where to seek out a JP for completion of their ACD
  • 97% stating they were likely or very likely to tell others about it and encourage them to do an ACD
    "Most informative and clarifying; The presenter was very competent; Will prompt me into action; A great help; I already have one, but I will be reviewing it after today now I know more."

Why is COTA SA doing this work?

It is important to plan. Unforeseen events can happen at any stage of our lives and having an ACD gives you peace of mind that your wishes are known by those caring for you if something does occur.

Funded by Country SA PHN
Country SA PHN

Download the Advance Care Directive flyer here