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.

Looking to get started? Find out how.


The ACP Plan and Guide has been updated

Click here to download and complete your plan

Thanks to everyone from around the country who took time to be involved in this work and to feedback on the changes.

New ACP resources are now available for Māori and for people with intellectual disabilities. We wish to acknowledge and congratulate the teams who have been involved in creating these great resources.

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.

07/19/2016 Newsletter 03/30/2016 Newsletter 12/17/2015 Newsletter 10/01/2015 Newsletter
Advance Care Planning Forum
Announcing the inaugural New Zealand Advance Care Planning Forum November 28th and 29th in Auckland. With interesting speakers, a great social event on the Monday evening for the general public and healthcare providers and four post-conference workshops on offer there is something for everyone. Spaces are limited so register early to avoid disappointment, for more information go to

A short introduction to Advance Care Planning

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