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Raising awareness and support

We work with health professionals and care workers in primary health care, general practice, residential aged care settings and hospitals, to raise awareness, educate and support advance care planning services in the community.

Establishing community awareness through information sessions and presentations, media coverage, shared stories and partnerships are essential to the successful implementation of advance care planning in Australia. Find out how you can get involved:

    "... we want people to understand that there is a choice. And at the end-of-life you can exercise that choice."
    CATHERINE,
    ADVANCE CARE PLANNING AUSTRALIA VOLUNTEER

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    For local community and residential aged care facilities

    Advance care planning is a series of steps to help individuals think about and plan their future health and personal care and have their preferences known and respected, in consideration of a time when the person may be unable to speak for themselves.

    Advance care planning is a part of routine, person-centred health care in the community. Advance Care Planning Australia offers a range of opportunities for organisations and residential aged care facilities to support their members and residents with information, advice and education for advance care planning.

    Advance Care Planning Australia is pleased to announce that after a successful pilot study in 2017, we will be conducting the National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study again in 2018.

    This study involves an audit of health records of people aged 65 and older to determine the prevalence of Advance Care Directives and other advance care planning documentation in selected general practices, hospitals and residential aged care facilities.

    Our Community Ambassadors lead an introductory, free 40-minute presentation. The presentation aims to increase community understanding of advance care planning, what the benefits are, and how to undertake the process. These presentations are delivered to a variety of clubs, groups, events and organisations.

    Request advance care planning information flyers and guides to help distribute within your local community centre, or to provide further guidance as part of your upcoming advance care planning event or information session.

    Find learning programs for residential aged care workers on our education and learning pages, or browse our resource library for more online resources.


    For healthcare organisations and general practice

    Increase awareness and knowledge of advance care planning within your organisation, hospital, clinic and/or general practice by exploring the advance care planning education and training materials targeted specifically at healthcare professionals.

    Advance Care Planning Australia is pleased to announce that after a successful pilot study in 2017, we will be conducting the National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study again in 2018.

    This study involves an audit of health records of people aged 65 and older to determine the prevalence of Advance Care Directives and other advance care planning documentation in selected general practices, hospitals and residential aged care facilities.

    Our informative one-day workshops will give you the opportunity to enhance your advance care planning knowledge and increase your confidence in having these important conversations. 

    Establishing the governance and processes for successful advance care planning in your organisation requires support and commitment from all stakeholders.

    Find out more about roles and responsibilities in advance care planning.

    ACP Learning delivers a range of online courses, face-to-face workshops and webinars for all those interested in learning more about advance care planning.

    Designed for health professionals, care workers and the general public, our range of educational programs offer everything from the advance care planning introduction to more specialised courses for professionals.

    We've gathered hundreds of advance care planning resources to create a central, easily accessible, national resource library on current research findings and publications.

    Share your research reports, publications, findings and fact sheets to be included in our resource library for easy access by other healthcare professionals and researchers in the industry.


    For individuals

    Timely decision-making before any health crisis reduces pressure on the individual and their family and helps to build care that's centred on the person's preferences, values and beliefs.

    It's never too early to begin a conversation about medical treatment and care preferences to prepare for a time when you might not be able to make or communicate these yourself.

    Making important decisions about future care sooner rather than later provides everyone involved with time to discuss what is really important for them to live well. It can help the person and family regain a sense of control.

    Increase your awareness and understanding of advance care planning by exploring our advance care planning for individuals section.

    Whether you're an individual, carer, or health care professional, if you've had experience with advance care planning, we want to hear from you.

    The Austin Health Advance Care Planning Department operates the Volunteer Ambassador Program to increase community awareness.

    Our volunteers support the Advance Care Planning Australia's Advisory Service, including the national advance care planning advisory service. They also deliver advance care planning presentations in the community.

    We're always on the lookout for people with a relevant background (e.g. health, law, education) who are comfortable talking about advance care planning, can break down complex ideas, enjoy connecting with people on a personal level and can appreciate the sensitivities around advance care planning.

    Help spread the word and keep up to date with all the latest news and activity in advance care planning around Australia by subscribing to our newsletter! You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Soundcloud via the links at the bottom of this page.