A routine part of health and personal care

Advance care planning is a routine part of a person's health care. When a person's values are discussed openly, their healthcare preferences can be respected at a time when they cannot voice their decisions. It's an ongoing process that needs cooperation between individuals, their families, care workers, and health professionals as well as community organisations and healthcare organisations

Advance Care Planning Australia is a national program that provides information and resources to individuals, care workers and healthcare professionals to improve this cooperation. Find out more about Advance Care Planning Australia.

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ACP and COVID-19

Advance care planning is an important part of Australia’s COVID-19 healthcare planning. We have developed advice for health care, aged care, and individuals and families to guide the integration of advance care planning into COVID-19 preparations.

Information and webinars

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Free online learning

Designed for health professionals, healthcare workers and the general public, our educational programs range from an introduction to advance care planning to more specialised courses for professionals.


Free expert advice

Need personalised advance care planning advice? Our National Advisory Service can provide information and help answer your questions.


Real stories

Learn from individuals, families, carers and health workers involved in advance care planning. These real-life stories and helpful tips can be used to promote discussions and in training.

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Advance Care Planning Australia Learning

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) Learning is a national eLearning hub to support aged care workers, health professionals and the general public to learn more about advance care planning in primary care settings, implementation, for people affected by dementia, and more.

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Latest advance care planning news

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    Cancer patients want end-of-life discussion to plan care

    New research shows that most people with cancer and those who support them want to discuss end-of-life care, but these important advance care planning discussions are largely not occurring with their doctor or healthcare provider.

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    Overcoming cultural difference in end-of-life planning

    New research from Advance Care Planning Australia has highlighted how cultural background affects our attitudes and behaviours to advance care planning. It found that people born overseas were less likely to complete an Advance Care Directive when compared to those born is Australia.

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    The case for prioritising advance care planning in COVID-19 response

    A new report has recommended that advance care planning could be better used as part of Australia’s COVID-19 crisis to help manage a surge in healthcare demand and reduce the need for rationing.

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Upcoming workshops and events

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    Event postponements due to COVID-19

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, ACPA has postponed physical events until further notice. In the meantime, explore our free online learning, webinars and healthcare planning advice.

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