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 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.
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 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.
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.
Tammy Wells – ‘the Briscoes’ lady’ – talks about having conversations that count.
Arthur Te Anini talks about why an advance care plan appealed to him.
Arn and Josef’s advance care planning stories.