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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.

Find out more

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

  • ACP VIC Seminar
    VIC
    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Advance Care Planning Seminar - Melbourne

    Well-coordinated and appropriate person-centred care is a key priority. It's becoming increasingly important for the healthcare sector to better understand advance care planning. Health care professionals across sectors are invited to attend this one-day seminar to learn about and discuss the systemic implementation of advance care planning.

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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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    Volunteers helping Australians plan their future health care

    Advance Care Planning Australia has welcomed National Volunteer Week’s 2019 theme, Making a World of Difference, taking the opportunity to acknowledge the nation-wide impact of their small but mighty volunteer team of 12.

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    Radio National Life Matters talks ACP with Dr Chris Moy

    Life Matters' host, Hilary Harper is joined by Dr Chris Moy, a General Practitioner and ambassador for National Advance Care Planning Week and Julie Cheney who shares her personal experience about making tough medical decisions for her husband.

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    Thousands of tough talks kick off across Australia this week

    This week thousands of Australians will start conversations they might otherwise prefer to avoid – getting older and planning for a time when they are unable to make their own medical decisions.

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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.

    Read more
  • ACP VIC Seminar
    VIC
    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Advance Care Planning Seminar - Melbourne

    Well-coordinated and appropriate person-centred care is a key priority. It's becoming increasingly important for the healthcare sector to better understand advance care planning. Health care professionals across sectors are invited to attend this one-day seminar to learn about and discuss the systemic implementation of advance care planning.

    Read more
  • Banner_people-in-a-workshop-with-their-hands-up
    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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    VIC
    Austin Health

    Train the trainer - an advance care planning facilitator workshop

    A one-day workshop for people with experience in advance care planning looking to enhance their facilitator skills.

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