Setting goals of care

Identifying and setting goals of care is an important aspect of shared decision making for consumers, clinicians and health service organisations.

Explore resources that support consumers and clinicians in developing goals of care.

For clinicians and health service organisations

Goals of care form part of a comprehensive care plan, which is included in the National Safety and Quality Health Service Comprehensive Care Standard.

Implementing the Comprehensive Care Standard – identifying goals of care

The process of identifying goals of care with consumers, including goal negotiation, goal setting and evaluation

Developing a comprehensive care plan

Having a single, clear, comprehensive care plan for the patient can contribute to improved communication, collaboration and coordination of care

Identifying goals of care – actions for clinicians

Tips for clinicians when assisting consumers and their family, carers and other support people to identify and develop goals of care

For consumers

Consumers should decide what is important to them when it comes to their health care, and make their goals, values and preferences known.

Identifying goals of care – actions for consumers

Tips to help consumers set healthcare goals, and what they can do to make sure their healthcare team understands their goals

Easy English Goals of care

An easy-to-read version of the tips to help consumers set and communicate their healthcare goals

Fact sheet or brochure

Goals of care video

What consumers should consider when deciding on healthcare goals with their healthcare provider