Advance Care Planning Australia

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is a national program with the purpose of building the foundation for a national collaborative approach to advance care planning. ACPA is an initiative of Austin Health and is supported by funding from the Australian Government.

ACPA is funded within the National Palliative Care Projects to achieve the following initiatives:
  1. National Advance Care Planning Coordination – Driving Collaboration and Awareness governed by a National Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care Advisory Group to provide expert advice, promote coordination and support uptake of national advance care planning initiatives;
  2. National Advance Care Planning Curriculum – Strengthening Understanding and Uptake governed by a National Advance Care Planning Education Advisory Committee to provide expert advice on curriculum resources, promote uptake of resources into existing courses and programs of education, and support strategic knowledge translation and learnings; and
  3. National Advance Care Planning Prevalence – Enhancing Research and Data governed by a National Advance Care Planning Prevalence Study Governance Committee.

ACPA delivers on a range of initiatives in collaboration with other leading organisations.

Advance Care Planning National Seminars

Advance care planning seminars will be held in each jurisdiction during 2018-2020. The seminars are designed to bring together leading advanced care planning experts, researchers, program staff, policy makers and consumers to hear up-to-date scientific information, share project learnings and identify priorities.

Advance Care Planning National Advisory Service

ACPA advisory services (including phone, email and online) ensure information and resources are provided to address direct enquiries. The ACPA website is a national resource hub, promoting projects, resources and training relating to advance care planning. This website is continually being refined to grow and optimise content, features and functions.

Advance Care Planning National Day

ACPA has been funded to establish an inaugural national advance care planning day / week. The purpose of this initiative is to raise awareness for advance care planning and the steps that are involved. It will provide a call to action to promote the target audience to engage in appointing a substitute decision-maker and / or completing an advance care directive.

Advance Care Planning Volunteer Program

The advance care planning volunteer project is designed to train and mentor volunteers to deliver a community advance care planning education program and staff the national advisory service. The project has delivered on a nationally applicable advance care planning Volunteer position description, Volunteer training program, data collection tools, evaluation, and operating procedures. From 2018, this project will be extended to other relevant organisations.

Advance Care Planning Legal Resources

This project involves a national review of legislation relating to advance care planning, end of life care, mental health, and aged care. The project will produce a technical report summarising the fundamentals of advance care planning and the law of each jurisdiction and the development of a suite of national resources for a variety of audiences.

Advance Care Planning eLearning

ACP Learning is a national eLearning hub to support aged care workers, health professionals and consumers learn more about advance care planning. There are a range of modules addressing advance care planning introductions, conversations, legal implications, implementation, aged care and general practice.

Advance Care Planning National Curriculum

The advance care planning national curriculum project involves the development of curriculum resources and tools for Australian universities. The project has included an evidence-based literature review, establishment of a partnership with the Queensland University of Technology - palliative care curriculum for undergraduates (PCC4U), a national university survey; national consultation, implementation and evaluation. In 2018, a grants program will be administered to support curriculum implementation.

Advance Care Planning Dementia Research

This national collaborative qualitative study involves the thematic synthesis of qualitative studies of patient and caregiver perspectives on advance care planning and end-of-life care in dementia. It will help to inform resources required for these groups. This project is conducted in collaboration with a range of leading national researchers.

Advance Care Planning National Prevalence Study

The national advance care planning prevalence study is designed to capture the proportion of individuals with advance care planning documents in the setting of residential aged care homes, hospitals, and general practice. The project is a collaboration between Advance Care Planning Australia and Monash University, and involves national investigators.

Last updated 13 November 2017