Australian Government announces new funding for advance care planning

Carer smiling with grandmother

The Australian Government has announced that they will provide more than $60 million for a variety of new projects to improve palliative and end-of-life care, including advance care planning initiatives.

Through the new grants, Advance Care Planning Australia will build on our existing work and leadership to promote awareness and uptake of advance care planning nationally and deliver some important new initiatives in 2018-20, including:

  • national collaboration and coordination for advance care planning
  • the Advance Care Planning Australia website as a national resource hub
  • advance care planning seminars around Australia
  • a National Advance Care Planning Day to build community awareness and uptake
  • the national Advance Care Planning Advisory Service
  • online and face-to-face education and training to support best practice advance care planning
  • a volunteer advance care planning education project
  • national curricula implementation
  • a national advance care planning competency framework
  • the national prevalence study project 
  • a research project exploring the role of the substitute decision-maker.

ACPA is working to build the foundation to a national collaborative approach to advance care planning. We look forward to strengthening our partnerships to deliver a quality, innovative program that improves health and personal care outcomes for all Australians.