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 events

  • Father and son smiling at the camera

    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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    Advance care planning should be a priority for all Australians

    Palliative Care Australia in partnership with Advance Care Planning Australia has released its updated advance care planning policy statement to celebrate the inaugural National Advance Care Planning Week 16-22 April.

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  • National Advance Care Planning Week launch at Eastern Health in Box Hill.

    First conversation kicks off: National Advance Care Planning Week

    Community members and health care sector leaders today are attending an event at Eastern Health’s Box Hill Hospital to launch National Advance Care Planning Week and urging Australians to make their future health care wishes known.

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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
    Russell Kennedy Lawyers

    Aged Care Seminar: Understanding & Dealing With Changes to Medical Treatment Laws

    Russell Kennedy Lawyers is hosting a seminar designed to help aged care providers in Victoria understand Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016.

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  • Doctor talking about advance care planning and the law
    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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