ACP projects

Advance Care Planning Australia projects

Advance Care Planning Australia is a national program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, enabling Australians to make the best choices for their life and health care.

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

ACP Learning is a national eLearning hub to support aged care workers, health professionals and consumers learn more about advance care planning. There are a range of modules addressing advance care planning introductions, conversations, legal implications and more. The ACP Learning project is led by Advance Care Planning Australia and is funded by the Australian Government.

The advance care planning national curriculum project involves the development of curriculum resources and tools for Australian universities. The project has included an evidence-based literature review, establishment of a partnership with the Queensland University of Technology, a palliative care curriculum for undergraduates (PCC4U), a national university survey; national consultation, implementation and evaluation. This project is led by Advance Care Planning Australia and is funded by the Australian Government.

ACPA advisory services (including phone, email and online) ensure information and resources are provided to address direct enquiries. The ACPA website is a newly launched national resource hub, promoting projects, resources and training. This website is continually being refined to grow and optimise content, features and functions and we welcome your feedback so we can improve your experience on this site. This project is led by Advance Care Planning Australia and is funded by the Australian Government.

The ACP Community Volunteers project is designed to train and mentor volunteers to deliver a community ACP education program and staff the national ACP advisory service. The project has delivered on a nationally applicable ACP Volunteer position description, Volunteer training program, data collection tools, evaluation, operating procedures. This project is led by Advance Care Planning Australia and is funded by the Australian Government.

An advance care planning conference was held in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The conference was designed to bring together leading advanced care planning experts, researchers, program staff, policy makers and consumers to hear up-to-date scientific information and share learnings. This project is led by Advance Care Planning Australia and is funded by the Australian Government. 

Start talking is an education program developed by Advance Care Planning Australia in partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia. The education program includes advance care planning and dementia resources – eLearning modules, facilitator education program and manual, participant education program and manual, mentoring support and evaluation. This project is led by Advance Care Planning Australia and is funded by the Australian Government.

This national collaborative qualitative study involves the thematic synthesis of qualitative studies of patient and caregiver perspectives on advance care planning and end-of-life care in dementia. It will help to inform resources required for these groups. This project is led by Advance Care Planning Australia and is funded by the Australian Government.

Knowing What Matters: ACP for CALD communities is a qualitative study that engaged with national consumers and health professionals to understand beliefs and information requirements to promote successful advance care planning. The project has produced bi-lingual advance care planning resources in 12 languages. This project is led by Advance Care Planning Australia and is funded by the Australian Government.

The national advance care planning prevalence study is designed to capture the proportion of individuals with advance care planning documents in the setting of residential aged care homes, hospitals, and general practice. The project is a collaboration between Advance Care Planning Australia and Monash University. It involves national investigators and is funded by the Australian Government.

This project involves a national review of legislation relating to advance care planning, end of life care, mental health, and aged care. The project will produce a technical report summarising the fundamentals of advance care planning and the law of each jurisdiction and the development of a suite of national resources for a variety of audiences. This project is led by Advance Care Planning Australia in collaboration with Decision Assist and DLA Piper, and is funded by the Australian Government.

Other advance care planning projects

Following are a list of some other advance care planning programs, networks and initiatives in Australia, providing support to individuals, friends, families, carers, care workers and health professionals.

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    ACPTalk website

    Cabrini Health

    Find informational support about advance care planning with people from different religious and cultural backgrounds.

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    Advance project

    HammondCare

    Advance 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

    CareSearch

    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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    Dying to Talk website

    Palliative Care Australia

    Dying to Talk encourages Australians of all ages and levels of health to talk about dying. Having a conversation with your loved ones about your end-of-life wishes will help them to make decisions on your behalf should you be unable to communicate your wishes.

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    MyValues website

    Barwon Health

    MyValues is an online resource to help people identify, consider and communicate their preferences about the health and personal care they would want in the later stages of life. The website provides advance care planning information and allows for development of a MyValues Report.

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    Decision Assist

    Decision Assist

    Decision Assist is a national program providing education, resources and advisory services to support aged care staff and general practitioners in palliative care and advance care planning.