Advance Care Planning Week 2022

National Advance Care Planning Week
21-27 March 2022

Advance care planning conversations should be routine and occur as part of a person’s ongoing healthcare plan. Better outcomes are experienced when advance care planning is introduced early as part of ongoing care rather than in reaction to a decline in condition or a crisis situation. Take the time during advance care planning week to start a conversation with your loved ones.

Advance care planning allows health professionals to understand and respect a person’s future healthcare preferences, for a time when they become seriously ill and unable to communicate for themselves.

All healthcare professionals and aged care workers have an important role to help with planning and ensuring people have choice in their care. You might want to start the conversation with someone, or they might ask you about the requirements of advance care planning. Ideally, advance care planning will result in a person’s preferences being documented into an advance care directive to help ensure these preferences are respected.

Click here to check out how to start a conversation.

See Advance care planning for more information and resources.