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.


National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study 2018

2018 applications are now open

Advance Care Planning Australia is pleased to announce that after a successful pilot study in 2017, we are 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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    More Australians seeking advance care planning advice

    With people living longer and increasingly with complex health concerns, there’s growing public interest in advance care planning. More and more people have questions about how they can ensure their preferences are heard and respected.

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    Applications open for 2018 National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study

    Are older Australians receiving the medical care that they want, and how well does their care align with their personal values and preferences? To help answer this question, researchers are looking for health care organisations to take part in a ground-breaking study about Advance Care Directives in health care services.

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  • Female animated figure looking up at the words "advance care planning".

    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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Upcoming workshops and events

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    Assessment, Care Planning and CDC

    A one-day workshop for aged care professionals on assessment, goal setting and care planning for older people in a community setting within the consumer directed care context.

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    Bendigo Health

    Advance care planning workshop

    A one-day advance care planning workshop for health care workers.

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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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