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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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16-22 April 2018

National Advance Care Planning Week

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.

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    News

    Dr Karen Detering talks about advance care planning on TSIMA Radio 4MW

    Advance Care Planning Australia's Medical Director Karen Detering appeared on TSIMA Radio 4MW to talk about advance care planning and National Advance Care Planning Week.

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  • Doctor discussing treatments
    News

    Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016

    A collection of resources for health professionals to help you understand changes in advance care planning coming in March with the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016.

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  • Grandfather telling son health preferences
    News

    Planning for end-of-life care

    Medical Director Karen Detering speaks with Rev Bill Crews about how to ensure that you get the health care you want at the end of your life.

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    VIC

    Advance care planning workshop for health and care workers

    Our one-day workshop on advance care planning 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
    Vic

    Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 Implementation Forum

    The Department of Health and Human Services is holding a forum on Victorian advance care planning initiatives and the implementation of the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016.

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  • workshop-003
    VIC

    Advance care planning workshop for health and care workers

    Our one-day workshop on advance care planning will improve your skills and confidence in these important conversations.

    Read more