Advance Care Planning (or ACP) is the process of thinking about, talking about and planning for future health care and end of life care.

Advance Care Planning asks "What matters to you?"

Advance care planning gives everyone a chance to say what’s important to them. It helps people understand what the future might hold and to say what treatment they would and would not want. It helps people, their families and their healthcare teams plan for future and end of life care.

This makes it much easier for families and healthcare providers to know what the person would want - particularly if they can no longer speak for themselves.

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Presentations from national advance care planning forum now available

Presentations from the speakers at the first ever national advance care planning forum and public evening event held in Auckland in November 2016 are now available.

Attended by over 250 people, the forum included a plenary address from Will Cairns – state- wide clinical lead for end-of-life care for Queensland – who talked about the history of death and dying through the ages.

A number of topics were covered, including missed opportunities for advance care planning presented by Clarice Alardice and Courtney Thrupp, and acute care and the impact of positivity at the end-of-life presented by Dr Bill Lunkin.

Forum presentations are available to view and download here.

Training update

Level 1 update

The site hosting the four ACP eModules has been upgraded. This means it looks a little different but the educational resources are still the same. These resources are freely open to the general public and healthcare staff. Click on the green training button below to register and access the new site.

Quick links for Healthcare Workers

General Information Resources Training

Read our newsletter to find out what’s happening with Advance Care Planning across New Zealand.

November 2016 Newsletter July 2016 Newsletter March 2016 Newsletter December 2015 Newsletter October 2015 Newsletter

Planning is well underway for Conversations that Count Day 2017!

The day aims to raise awareness about advance care planning to encourage people to think about, talk about and plan for their future and end-of-life care. This year’s theme is ‘Get them talking’. Click here for more information.

A short introduction to Advance Care Planning

"We should be starting to talk about it"

Arthur talks about his future and end-of-life care.

Living for today, planning for tomorrow video
Living For Today Planning For Tomorrow

Watch this film about Arn and Josef's advance care planning stories.

Living for today, planning for tomorrow video