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A routine part of heath 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 health care 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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National Advance Care Planning Prevalence Study

Applications to participate in the National Advance Care Planning Prevalence Study are now open to all accredited public and private hospitals, residential aged care facilities and general practices.

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What's coming up?

  • Carer having tea with senior women

    South Australian advance care directive and palliative care workshops

    Decision Assist is delivering a series of workshops in South Australia, in partnership with Adelaide PHN and Country SA PHN. These aim to improve knowledge, skills and confidence in advance care conversations.

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  • Mother and daughter hugging

    Do you have a story to tell about advance care planning?

    We are looking for participants to interview for a collection of case studies that show examples of how advance care planning has made a positive difference to a person's care outcomes.

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  • Doctor talking about advance care planning and the law

    Tasmanian advance care planning and palliative care workshops

    Decision Assist is delivering a series of workshops in Tasmania, in partnership with Palliative Care Tasmania. These aim to improve knowledge, skills and confidence in advance care conversations.

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  • Health and care workers at workshop

    Advance Care Planning Workshop for Health and Care Workers

    Our one day workshop in August will improve your skills and confidence in these important conversations.

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  • Health and care workers at workshop

    Advance Care Planning Workshop for Health and Care Workers

    Our one day workshop in September will improve your skills and confidence in these important conversations.

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  • Health and care workers at workshop

    Advance Care Planning Workshop for Health and Care Workers

    Our one day workshop in October will improve your skills and confidence in these important conversations.

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