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


Advance Care Planning Day!

Advance Care Planning Day

Thursday 5 April 2018 is Advance Care Planning Day – a day to encourage people to think about, talk about, and plan for their future and end-of-life care.

The day, previously known as Conversations that Count Day, is coordinated by the Health Quality & Safety Commission. Advance Care Planning Day is an ideal time to:

  • talk to your whānau/family and others close to you about things like:
    • what type of care you would like towards the end of your life
    • where would you want to be cared for if you could no longer care for yourself
    • any particular worries you have about being ill or dying
  • talk to your GP or other health care professionals about the medical choices you might have in the future.

There are lots of free resources to help you think about and prepare your advance care plan here.

Advance Care Planning Day updates are available on the Commission’s Advance Care Planning Programme page.

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

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.