Associate Professor 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.” 


  • 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 


  • Member of the advisory group for the Advance project, a national advance care planning in primary care initiative. (National palliative care grant) 


  • Advisor – Concordant – Advance Care Planning for people with COPD, and Irish ACP initiative