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.


16-22 April 2018

National Advance Care Planning Week 2018

If you were unable to speak for yourself, who would you want to speak for you? And more importantly, what health care decisions would you want them to make? Between 16-22 April this year, we're encouraging all Australians to discuss their future health care preferences with their loved ones.

Visit the National Advance Care Planning Week website
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Volunteers are an integral part of our program and work in engaging and innovative roles. Find out how you could become a volunteer community ambassador.

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Whether you're an individual, carer, or health care professional, if you've had experience with advance care planning, we want to hear from you.

News and upcoming workshops

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    Prominent seniors’ advocate joins as National Advance Care Planning Week ambassador

    Advance Care Planning Australia is delighted to announce Chief Advocate for National Seniors Australia, Ian Henschke as an ambassador for National Advance Care Planning Week, April 16-22.

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    Dementia Australia CEO discusses the benefits of planning ahead

    Dementia Australia is a strong supporter and advocate of advance care planning. We spoke with Dementia Australia’s CEO, Maree McCabe, about how advance care planning can help people diagnosed with dementia.

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    Dr Karen Detering talks about advance care planning on Voice FM

    Advance Care Planning Australia's Medical Director Karen Detering chats to Anne Wood on Voice FM Ballarat to talk about advance care planning and National Advance Care Planning Week.

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    South West Healthcare

    Gain confidence in “Having the Conversation” - Workshops

    South West Healthcare are hosting face to face workshops in Warrnambool, aimed at Healthcare Professionals, focusing on “how to have the conversation” in a practical and interactive way.

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    Austin Health

    Advance care planning workshop for health and care workers

    Our one-day workshop on advance care planning will improve your skills and confidence in these important conversations.

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    Austin Health

    Practical 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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