National Advance Care Planning Week FAQs

1. What is National Advance Care Planning Week?

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

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

National Advance Care Planning Week will run from 21-27 March 2022.

3. What should an event look like?

Your event can be anything you wish it to be with the aim of raising awareness of advance care planning and starting a conversation with attendees. 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. Are the National Advance Care Planning Week events run by Advance Care Planning Australia?

While Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is the facilitator of National Advance Care Planning Week, events are typically community run. The event planning and content is at the discretion of the organisation and/or individuals hosting the event. ACPA will present webinar events during National Advance Care Planning Week, which are hosted and run by ACPA.

6. 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 will receive a goodie pack just before their event. The contents of the packs will depend on stock availability but may include posters, pens, flyers and factsheets. While we do our best to ensure all event hosts are supported, please understand that our resources are limited so book your event in ASAP. We recommend that hosts make use of our online resources, some of which can be printed for attendees.

7. How do I register an event?

Registrations will open in February 2022. You will need to fill out a simple webform with your event details and some basic contact information.

8. I registered my event but it is not listed on the website. Why?

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

9. 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. These will be available on the event resource page in early 2022. 

10. 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 #acpweek22
  • 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 understand more about advance care planning yourself or refer one of your clients, visit our Advance Care Planning Australia website which offers many useful resources or contact our National Advance Care Planning Support Service on 1300 208 582 between Mon – Fri from 9am5pm (AEST).
  • If you have a good understanding of what advance care planning is and the process, and you have thought about your values, beliefs and preferences, start filling out a form. If you have any questions along the way, just contact our Support Service. Find forms for your state or territory.

11. Can I volunteer?

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

12. 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.

13. 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.

Advance care planning 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).