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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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SUPPORT

Free advance care planning advice

We provide a free national advisory service for both the public and health professionals. Our friendly advisory team can help with a range of information including: • how to make sure your goals, values and preferences are heard • advice on how to choose a substitute decision-maker • completing an Advance Care Directive • accessing relevant forms in each state and territory Call 1300 208 582, 9am - 5pm (AEST), Monday to Friday.

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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.



Upcoming national seminars and workshops


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online learning

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

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    End-of-life care risk for aged care

    Almost a third of Advance Care Directives (ACDs) audited in Australian residential aged care facilities were found to be invalid following a nation-wide study.

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    ACPA Position Statement: ACDs within community and residential aged care

    Despite comprehensive legislation, policy, forms, resources and guidelines, there is limited awareness and uptake of advance care planning across Australia. There are issues with the accuracy, currency and validity of advance care directives, particularly within aged care.

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    Deep conflict for doctors when following patient directives

    New research by Advance Care Planning Australian has shed light on why doctors sometimes struggle to comply with patient choices documented in Advance Care Directives.

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Upcoming workshops and events

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    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.

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    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
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    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Advance Care Planning Week 2020

    Share what matters this Advance Care Planning Week! We are starting a national conversation about planning for health care consistent with your goals and values. You can get involved by hosting or attending and event in your state.

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    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