Our program of work

Our projects and programs

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is a national program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, enabling Australians to make the best choices for their future health care. Find out more about Advance Care Planning Australia >

ACPA delivers on a range of initiatives in collaboration with other leading organisations including:

Advance Care Planning Australia Learning is a national eLearning hub for free online learning.

The online modules cover all aspects of advance care planning. Targeted modules provide information on specific topics such as dementia and advanced communication skills, and areas of care e.g. primary care or aged care.

The content is suitable for aged care workers, health professionals, volunteers and anyone who wants in-depth information about advance care planning.

The ACP education implementation guide is a tool for educators. The guide provides ways of adding advance care planning education to curricula in vocational and university education across Australia. 

The guide provides interdisciplinary capabilities and expected skills for advance care planning. It includes resources and case studies.

Ultimately, the goal of the framework is to maximise uptake of advance care planning across health, aged care and related legal workforces.

Our National Advance Care Planning Advisory Service provides free tailored advance care planning advice to the general public, health professionals and organisations. 

Enquiries can be made to the phone line, over email and online.

Our experienced volunteer team provides support and guidance to access documents and answers questions about the process of advance care planning.

Our ACP community volunteer program provides a free manual for organisations to establish their own volunteer program.

ACP community volunteers can provide local community education, advice and engage the general public. The manual provides resources for recruitment, training, mentoring and ongoing support to volunteers.

The success of this project has demonstrated the community's acceptance of volunteers in a community education model to advance care planning.

Our ACP research and collaborations have helped to build an important academic and grey literature evidence base for Australia. 

Our research has delivered a national Advance Care Directive prevalence dataset. It has also delivered an understanding of ACP attitudes, perspectives and experiences of the general public and health professionals.

Our intern and student program has helped to develop a range of grey literature reports.

Contact us regarding research collaborations: acpa@austin.org.au

ACPA will be developing an ACP audit toolkit during 2020-23 to build on the resources developed as part of our national Advance Care Directive prevalence study.

The purpose of this work is to provide health professionals and organisations with tools to monitor their performance against national aged care and health service quality standards.

Website resources

More related projects and programs

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    Advance Project


    The Advance Project is a free toolkit of screening and assessment tools and a training package, designed to support nurses in Australian general practices to initiate advance care planning (ACP) and palliative care in everyday general practice.
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    CareSearch website


    The CareSearch website provides trustworthy information about palliative care and advance care planning for patients, carers and families as well as for the health professionals providing their care.
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    ELDAC provides information, guidance, and resources to health professionals and aged care workers to support palliative care and advance care planning to improve the care of older Australians.
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    End of Life Law in Australia

    Queensland University of Technology

    Provides accurate, practical and relevant information for patients, families, health and legal practitioners, the media, policymakers and the broader community about Australian laws relating to death, dying and end of life decision-making.
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    Planning ahead - Start2Talk

    Dementia Australia

    Information, tools and resources to assist individuals and families prepare for the possible loss of capacity or with a diagnosis of dementia in the future.
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    PalliAGED is the palliative care evidence and practice information resource for the Australian aged care sector. The website provides trustworthy information for health and care practitioners, resource developers, older Australians, their families and friends.
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    Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative

    Queensland University of Technology

    Education and training hub for health professionals, health undergraduates and relevant post-graduate curricula in palliative care. The website includes; The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA), Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U) and End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC).
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    Palliative Care Australia (PCA)

    Palliative Care Australia

    The website for Palliative Care Australia (PCA), the national peak body for palliative care. PCA represents all those who work towards high quality palliative care for all Australians. PCA aims to improve access to, and promote the need for, palliative care.