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 took place from the 16 - 22 April, 2018 to raise awareness of advance care planning across Australia. 

Australian's helped raise awareness of advance care planning by sharing their values and conversations on social media during National Advance Care Planning Week using #acpweek18.

We're encouraging all Australians to continue their conversations with their friends and family about what's important to them. 

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.


In the media

National Advance Care Planning Week in the media

Watch our recorded webinar, ‘Your Life. Your Choice’, featuring ACPA Medical Director, Dr Karen Detering and our ambassadors, or listen to the Radio COTA podcast with National Advance Care Planning Ambassador, Sue McGrath.

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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)