About National Advance Care Planning Week

Plan for tomorrow | Live for today.

Advance care planning is invaluable because it ensures your voice is heard if medical decisions have to be made for you. Having a plan means your friends, family and doctors aren't guessing what's important to you or what an acceptable outcome is for your life.

The research shows that families of people who have done advance care planning experience less anxiety, depression and stress and are more satisfied with the care their loved ones receive.

Be Open | Be Ready | Be Heard.

Advance Care Planning Week runs from the 16 - 22 April to raise awareness of advance care planning across Australia. We're encouraging all Australians to start a conversation with their friends and family about what's important to them.

You can take part by hosting or attending an event, or simply help raise awareness of advance care planning by sharing your values and conversations on social media during National Advance Care Planning Week using #acpweek18.


Also in this section


What we do

Find out more about advance care planning and Advance Care Planning Australia, the program behind this event.



Meet our ambassadors

Some of Australia’s leading health care professionals have lent their support to this event.


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Get involved

Host an event

Host an event to help your friends, family or community learn more about advance care planning.

Hosting an event
Booklets and guides

Advance care planning companion guides

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Advance Care Planning

A personal guide

This guide is designed to help you think about your future healthcare choices, and can be used with the companion booklet, 'Getting started'.

Download (PDF, 2.7MB)
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Advance Care Planning

Getting started

This booklet is designed to support you in the process of developing an Advance Care Directive, alongside the companion publication, 'A personal guide'.

Download (PDF, 4.3MB)