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.

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.

National seminars

Latest advance care planning news

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    Dementia carers unprepared and distressed by end-of-life decisions

    New international research from Advance Care Planning Australia reveals that dementia carers need more support and guidance to navigate end-of-life care for their loved one.

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    How well prepared are health professionals to have tough conversations that matter?

    Increasingly, the health professionals I meet understand the importance of advance care planning in supporting patient-centred care. However many of them express that they need more training and support to improve their skills and confidence in handling these robust conversations.

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    CALD resources improve access to advance care planning

    Coinciding with Multicultural Health Week, we've released a suite of translated resources to support Australia’s non-English speaking communities and empower them to take active control of their future health care.

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Upcoming workshops and events

  • Father and son smiling at the camera
    Dying Light - End of Life Companion

    What to expect when you are expecting - to die

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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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  • Female attendee listens at the advance care planning conference in 2016

    7th International Advance Care Planning Conference

    An international, thought-provoking program on a research and innovative practices regarding advance care planning.

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