Resources

Many of us find thinking about the end of life difficult. This can mean we don't talk about it and don't put any plans in place for the future. Planning could improve our care. It could help us understand what matters most. It could help ourselves and our families/whanau deal with our death.

Thinking and talking about the future, especially the end of life, can help us accept that it is something that happens to us all.

Here are some tools that you may find useful to help you think about, talk about and plan for your or a loved one's future care.


Advance Care Planning Plan and Guide

Advance Care Planning Plan and Guide 2016
Download this document and complete your ACP.

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Advance Care Planning Plan and Guide

My Advance Care Plan
A template to help you write down what’s most important to you.

Important: If you complete this PDF you must save it to your own computer. There is no ability to save any changes on the website.

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Advance Care Planning leaflet

Advance Care Planning Leaflet
A brochure which gives an introduction to Advance Care Planning. This is good to give to someone to start them thinking about Advance Care Planning.

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Making the most of your final years leaflet

Making the most of your final years
A brochure offering practical and spiritual things to think about and plan for end of life.

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Thinking about your future health care leaflet

Thinking about Advance Care Planning
A template to help you think about the issues.

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Talking about your future health care leaflet

Talking about Advance Care Planning
A template to help you plan who to talk to about your preferences.

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Thinking about your future health care leaflet

He Waka Kakarauri
He Waka Kakarauri: A model for engaging Māori in ACP. The ACP waka model resources and ordering instructions can be found on Northland DHB’s website:

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Advance Care Planning leaflet

Advance Care Planning – Korean

Making the Most of your Final Years
인생의 마지막 시기를 위한 사전계획

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ACP Preparing for End of Life
삶의 마지막을 위한 준비

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ACP Guide (inc Plan)
사전 계획 안내서

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ACP Plan
아름다운 생의 마감을 위한 사전계획

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ACP Poster
사전계획 포스터

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what happens if you can no longer make decisions leaflet

Intellectually Disabled
Resources are available to support advance care planning for people with intellectual disabilities. For more information

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Super Seniors

Super Seniors
This website contains information on why you might want an Enduring Power of Attorney.

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Advance Care Planning leaflet

Advance Care Planning Guide 2010
A comprehensive guide to Advance Care Planning. (28 pages, 28Mb). Please note that this Guide has now been replaced by the 2016 version (see top of the page).

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New Zealand websites

Health Navigator
Lots of NZ relevant health content

Age Concern
Good resources around Enduring Powers of Attorney

Hospice NZ
Hospice NZ exists to lead the hospice movement to ensure that every New Zealander has access to quality palliative care.

Ministry of Health
Guidelines for healthcare professionals

International Advance Care Planning websites

Advance Care Planning is being advocated for in many countries across the world. Please remember that the legal frameworks and organisational policies of many of these countries differs from New Zealand. We have included some links below to some of these sites.

Conversation Project
United States

Dying Matters
United Kingdom

Speak Up
Canada