About us

Working towards real change.

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is a national program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, enabling Australians to make the best choices for their life and health care.

Delivering an extensive range of projects, ACPA increases advance care planning resources across health sectors and NGOs, improves workforce capability, produces information resources for diverse consumers and communities, and builds the evidence base.

ACPA’s work is informed by national policy, strategy, frameworks and standards including:

  • Articles & Publications

    National Palliative Care Strategy 2010

    Australian Government Department of Health

    Supporting Australians to Live Well at the End of Life. This national strategy aims to achieve four goals relating the palliative care including (1) awareness and understanding, (2) appropriateness and effectiveness, (3) leadership and governance, and (4) capacity and capability.
  • Articles & Publications

    A National Framework for Advance Care Directives 2011

    Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council

    This National Framework combines new and existing concepts and is intended to be aspirational, this is, it describes the goals for which policy and practice should aim rather than reflecting current law and practice across Australia.
  • Articles & Publications

    Evaluation of the National Palliative Care Strategy 2010, Report 2016

    Australian Government Department of Health

    This evaluation was undertaken to determine the relevance and useability of the National Palliative Care Strategy 2010. The evaluation was informed by an evidence review as well as national consultation through workshops, in-depth interviews, and online submissions.

Our vision

It's about conversations. It's about choices. It's about how we care for each other.

We believe advance care planning is a heartfelt conversation and a personal statement that goes way beyond filling in a form. It’s a commitment to honour and respect an individual’s values and choices. We want to enable every Australian to make the best choices for their life and health care, based on their personal values and beliefs.

Our purpose

To build the foundation for a national collaborative approach to advance care planning. 

Our objectives

  • To ensure collaborative, respectful, strategic relationships and partnerships.
  • Deliver programs effectively.
  • Inform and influence evidence-based advance care planning practice.
  • Share knowledge through research and publications.

Our program and team

ACPA is a national program that encourages people to reflect on their current and future health goals, values and beliefs.

An advance care plan can empower and prepare individuals, their loved ones, carers and healthcare professionals for important healthcare decisions in the future. This approach reduces anxiety and improves outcomes for all involved.

ACPA works to ensure advance care planning discussions become a key part of routine healthcare conversations across Australia. We deliver an extensive range of programs, services, training and education to foster innovation and research in this important area.

Doctor Karen Detering


Dr. Karen Detering

Dr Karen Detering is the Medical Director of ACPA, a leader in advance care planning in Australia. Karen is a Respiratory Physician and Clinical Ethicist and has specialised in advance care planning for over 13 years. Karen works with a range of national, state and local stakeholders in the areas of education, implementation, evaluation and research to ensure all Australians are supported and enabled to undertake advance care planning and express their values and preferences for current and future health care. “By undertaking advance care planning a person’s values and preferences are made known. This is essential to person-centered care and forms an important part of their healthcare journey.” Boards International Society of Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care (ACPEL) Victorian Department of Health and Human Services committees Medical Treatment &Planning Decisions Act 2016 Implementation Working Group April 2016-present End of life and palliative care framework - Implementation advisory group 2017- present Advance Care Planning Advisory Group 2011-current Others Member of the advisory group for the Advance project, a national advance care planning in primary care initiative. (National palliative care grant) International Advisor – Concordant – Advance Care Planning for people with COPD, and Irish ACP initiative

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Portrait of Linda Nolte


Linda Nolte

Linda Nolte is the Advance Care Planning Australia Program Director. She is passionate about person-centred care, improving health care and leading programs. She has twenty years of experience working in oncology, aged care, community health, clinical governance, and government sectors. More recently she managed the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre. “I am very proud to be leading Advance Care Planning Australia. We have formed a great team and are building strong partnerships to improve health care.”

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