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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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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  • 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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  • Senior woman smiling at the camera for for Advance Care Planning Australia.
    City of Port Phillip

    2018 OPCC Annual Forum: Planning for future care

    Whether you're thinking about your own future health care or caring for someone else, learn more about planning for future care at the free annual Older Persons Consultative Committee forum.

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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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