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


Conversations that Count Day really got them talking

The theme for Conversations that Count Day 2017 was ‘Get them talking'. A number of events were held across the country to mark the day and spread the message of the importance of advance care planning.

Read the national media release here.

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.

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.

The 6th annual conference of the International Society of Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care Conference (ACPEL 2017) will be held in Banff, Alberta, Canada from 6-9 September.

With the theme ‘Conversations Matter’, the conference will focus on identifying barriers and facilitators to effective, ongoing conversations; evaluating the quality of programs and their constituent elements; and examining the ethical, economic and social implications of advance care planning legislation, policies and procedures.

More information can be found at the Society’s website.

‘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