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 here. Or download and complete your advance care plan here

Advance Care Planning Plan and Guide


5 April 2018

A day to focus on talking about advance care planning.

More information soon.

Presentations from national advance care planning forum 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 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.

Advance Care Planning Plan and Guide

Evaluation of the advance care planning programme

The Health Quality & Safety Commission and Health Workforce New Zealand recently commissioned an independent evaluation of the advance care planning programme and training. Read the full report here.

Quick links for Healthcare Workers

General Information Resources Training
‘A gift for your family’

Tammy Wells – ‘the Briscoes’ lady’ – talks about having conversations that count.

‘I’m allowed to say that’

Arthur Te Anini talks about why an advance care plan appealed to him.

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

Arn and Josef’s advance care planning stories.

Living for today, planning for tomorrow video

Presentation slides from ‘Conversations Matter’, the 6th annual International Society of Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care conference held in Alberta, Canada in September 2017, are available here.

The department of Internal Affairs has launched a website to help guide people facing the loss of a loved one.

’Te Hokinga ā Wairua - End of Life Service' has been developed with the help of specialists such as the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand and tells people about their options and requirements in the first days, weeks and months following a death. It also allows people to record their preferences ahead of time to make it easier on those they will leave behind. More information can be found here.