advance care planning Australia



real change

Our vision

To enable all Australians to make heart felt choices for their life and health care.

We believe ACP is a heartfelt conversation that goes beyond a form completion. More than simply ticking a box, it’s a promise to honour and respect life and an individual’s values and choices.


Our Purpose

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


Our Objectives

Ensure collaborative, respectful, strategic relationships and partnerships.

Deliver programs effectively.

Inform and influence evidence-based advance care planning practice.

Knowledge sharing through research and publications.


Our team

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is a national program that promotes and 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 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 and delivers an extensive range of programs, services, training and education to foster innovation and research in this important area.




Dr Karen Detering is the Medical Director of Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA), the leading body for 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 preference for current and future health care.

By undertaking advance care planning a person’s values and preferences are made know. This is essential to person-centered care and forms an important part of their healthcare journey.




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 are building a great team and are looking forward to building strong partners to improve health care.