National Advance Care Planning Week FAQs

1. What is National Advance Care Planning Week?

National Advance Care Planning Week is a week-long campaign to raise awareness of advance care planning. We’re encouraging all Australians to start the conversation about what is important to them and their future health care preferences.

2. When is National Advance Care Planning Week being held?

In 2019 the week was being held from 1 – 5 April 2019. It will return again in 2020.

3. What should an event look like?

If your event has the aim of raising awareness of advance care planning and starting a conversation with attendees, your event can be anything you wish it to be. It can be as small as a casual morning tea or as large as a seminar. We have made several suggestions on our host an event page to give you some ideas.

4. Do I have to work for an organisation to host an event?

No, advance care planning is for all Australians. We encourage individuals to host events to help their family and friends understand advance care planning and start a conversation.

5. I have never held an awareness event, where do I start and what resources are available to support it?

On our host an event page we have provided several suggestions on the types of events you can host as well as a link to event resources and event tips to support your event. Depending on availability, registered event hosts may receive a goodie pack with merchandise, just before their event. The contents of the packs will depend on stock availability but you can expect some or all of the following merchandise - pens, reusable bags, caps, notepads, tea towels and other fun giveaways. Please note there the pack do not contain sufficient quantities for each attendees and we recommend that hosts make use of our online resources, some of which can be printed for attendees.

6. How do I register an event?

Registrations for 2019 have now closed. The initiative will run again in 2020.

7. I registered my event but it is not listed on the website, why?

Registrations may take 5 - 8 business days to appear live on the website.

8. How do I promote the event to my networks?

We are developing resources to help you promote your event in the lead up to and also during your event. Visit our event resource page for details.

9. I can’t host or attend an event. How else can I get involved?

There are various ways to get involved which include:

  • Contribute to or follow the National Advance Care Planning Week conversation on Facebook and Twitter by using #acpweek19
  • Start a conversation with your loved ones and/or health professionals using our conversation starters.
  • Share your own story to help encourage other Australians to learn more about advance care planning.
  • To help you think about your future health care choices and understand the process of an advance care plan, read A Personal Guide and Getting Started, available at the bottom of this page.
  • To understand more about advance care planning, visit the Advance Care Planning Australia website which offers many useful resources or contact our advisory service on 1300 208 582 between Mon – Fri from 9am5pm (AEST).
  • If you feel you have a good understanding of what advance care planning is, the process and have thought about your values, beliefs and preferences you can start filling out a form. Find forms for your state or territory.

10. Can I volunteer?

Advance Care Planning Australia runs a volunteer community ambassador program. For more information, visit the Become a Volunteer page.

11. How can I keep up to date with news about National Advance Care Planning Week?

For updates on the awareness week, you can subscribe to Advance Care Planning Australia's newsletter.

12. My question is not listed here, where can I find the answer?

If you are unable to find the information you require, please email us via the contact us page.

About Advance Care Planning Week FAQs

1. What is advance care planning?

Advance care planning is an on-going process of shared planning for current and future health care. It involves talking about a person’s values, beliefs and preferences so they can guide decision making when the person cannot make or communicate their decisions. This program is supported by funding from the Australian Government.

2. Who needs to do advance care planning?

Everyone should consider advance care planning, regardless of their age or health. It can be particularly important to individuals such as people with an advanced chronic illness, a life limiting illness, are aged 75+ years or at risk of losing competence.

3. When is an Advance Care Directive used?

These are only used if a person is unable to make or communicate their decisions. The Directive would then be used to guide the decisions made by the medical staff in consultation with an appointed substitute decision-maker if one has been nominated, and family.

4. Why is it helpful to make an Advance Care Directive?

Completing an Advance Care Directive often reassures individuals and their families as they have a clear idea of what is desired by the person in the event of illness or injury.

5. What happens if a person does not have an advance care plan?

In the event of serious illness doctors will make treatment decisions based on their assessment of the best interests of the person. This may include treatments that the person would not want.

6. I would like to learn more about advance care planning, where can I obtain more information?

Visit the Advance Care Planning Australia website which offers many useful resources including case studies, fact sheets, guides and forms. You can also contact our advisory service on 1300 208 582 between Mon – Fri from 9am – 5pm (AEST).