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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National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study 2018

2018 applications are opening soon!

Advance Care Planning Australia is pleased to announce that after a successful pilot study in 2017, we will be conducting the National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study again in 2018. This study involves an audit of health records of people aged 65 and older to determine the prevalence of Advance Care Directives and other advance care planning documentation in selected general practices, hospitals and residential aged care facilities.

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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.


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.

Latest advance care planning news

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    Advance Care Planning Australia wins 2018 Muse Creative Award

    Out of more than 2,000 submissions from 40 countries, Advance Care Planning Australia has won Gold recognition in the 2018 Muse Creative Awards competition. The winning animated video series was created by acclaimed production studio, Creativa.

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    Landmark publication provides advance care planning road map in aged care

    Advance Care Planning Australia has launched an advance care planning guide for aged care providers – the first of its kind in Australia.

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    Radio COTA Podcast # 99 encourages all Australians to make their future health care preferences known.

    From the 16th to the 22nd of April, 2018, it’s National Advance Care Planning Week, and in recognition of this, Radio COTA Podcast # 99 encourages all Australians, regardless of their current health status to make their future health care preferences known.

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Upcoming workshops and events

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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

    Train the trainer, advance care planning facilitator workshop

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

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    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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