Conversation starters

Ideas to help you start

Are you looking to chat over coffee, discuss over dinner or get the conversation started at your event? It can be tricky to know what to say or how to start chatting about what you value and believe in.

We've got nine ideas that can help you start the conversation today:

Conversation starters

Starting the conversation

Other useful resources

  • Website

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is a national program funded by the Australia Government Department of Health, enabling Australians to make the best choices for their life and health care.
  • Video

    Advance care planning - starting the conversation

    State Government of Victoria

    This 9-minute video offers first hand accounts from those who have completed advance care plans.
  • Website

    MyValues website

    Barwon Health

    MyValues is an online resource to help people identify, consider and communicate their preferences about the health and personal care they would want in the later stages of life. The website provides advance care planning information and allows for development of a MyValues Report.
  • Articles & Publications

    Advance care planning workbook

    Central Coast Local Health District

    A step-by-step workbook for individuals, carers and families on how to approach, discuss and start documenting your advance care planning preferences.
  • Video

    Advance care planning as part of routine care

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Michael is living with chronic illness. During a routine medical visit, Michael's general practice nurse opens the door to a conversation about advance care planning that will involve his family and medical team.
  • Case study

    A grey folder, no grey areas

    Decision Assist

    For many people, death can be a difficult topic of conversation, but not for Lorraine and her family.