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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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ACPA Guidelines

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.

Read the guidelines

education and training

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.

COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS

Volunteer with us

Volunteers are an integral part of our program and work in engaging and innovative roles. Find out how you could become an Advance Care Planning Volunteer Community Ambassador.

free COMMUNITY presentations

Book a presentation

The Advance Care Planning Volunteer Community Ambassadors lead an Introduction to Advance Care Planning information session - book one for your community group.



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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.

Visit ACPA Learning

Latest advance care planning news

  • Doctor talking about health preferences with couple
    News

    COVID-19: resources for general practitioners

    General practitioners may want to support their patients to do advance care planning during COVID-19. This factsheet outlines the priorities and information resources to support general practices.

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  • Health professional reading research
    News

    COVID-19: is it time for Australians to make future medical decisions?

    National Advance Care Planning Week kicks off today encouraging Australians to plan their future care. But it prompts the questions - what does this mean in a time of COVID-19 and is now the right time?

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  • Marie and son multicultural
    News

    COVID-19: Advice for aged care providers

    Advance Care Planning Australia is urging aged care providers to include advance care planning in their preparations for COVID-19.

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Upcoming workshops and events

  • a bright seminar room full with attendees listening to trainer speaking
    VIC ,
    Austin Health

    Advance care planning workshop for health professionals

    Our one-day workshops on advance care planning for health and care workers will improve your skills and confidence in these important conversations.

    Read more
  • an elderly woman in a seminar room with others smiling
    VIC ,
    Austin Health

    Advance care planning workshop for health professionals

    Our one-day workshops on advance care planning for health and care workers will improve your skills and confidence in these important conversations.

    Read more
  • photo showing a back of woman raising her hand at a room full of people in a seminar
    VIC ,
    Austin Health

    Advance care planning workshop for health professionals

    Our one-day workshops on advance care planning for health and care workers will improve your skills and confidence in these important conversations.

    Read more
  • an image showing a woman smiling and standing in front of a seated audience in conference room.
    VIC ,
    Austin Health

    Advance care planning workshop for health professionals

    Our one-day workshops on advance care planning for health and care workers will improve your skills and confidence in these important conversations.

    Read more