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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ACP Week 2019

National Advance Care Planning Week 1 - 5 April 2019

Make your voice heard during ACP Week. Last year, there were over 100 events across the country that inspired Australians to make their health preferences known. From hosting an event to finding out more information - there are lots of ways to participate.

Get involved

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.

Upcoming national seminars and workshops

  • ACP VIC Seminar
    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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online learning

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.

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Latest advance care planning news

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    Most older Australians unprepared for end-of-life decisions

    Landmark study reveals that 70% of older Australians are without an Advance Care Directive, leaving no instructions in the event that they’re unable to make their own medical decisions.

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  • Carer smiling with grandmother

    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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  • Portrait of Linda Nolte

    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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Upcoming workshops and events

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    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Advance Care Planning Week 1 - 5 April 2019

    Share what matters this Advance Care Planning Week! We are starting a national conversation about planning for health care consistent with your goals and values. You can get involved by hosting or attending and event in your state.

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    Bupa Bendigo

    Let’s talk about tomorrow today

    Open to the public. Hosted by Bupa Bendigo.

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    Queensland Children's Hospital

    Be Open, Be Heard and Be Ready

    Open to public.

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    Palliative and Supportive Care Education (PaSCE) and Cancer Council WA

    Advance Care Planning including a legal perspective - Opportunity to interact and talk with experts in the field

    Open to primary health, doctors, registered nurses, enrolled nurses, and allied health professionals. Hosted by Palliative and Supportive Care Education (PaSCE) and Cancer Council WA.

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