Advance Care Planning Week

Australia’s inaugural Advance Care Planning Week begins today, encouraging people of all ages to prepare their personal end of life care plans, to give certainty to themselves and their families.


Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM said the Australian Government understood the rapidly growing importance of Advance Care Planning and was supporting Austin Health with $4.1 million to run a three-year awareness and commitment program.


“Research shows that around half of us will be incapable of making our own medical decisions as we approach the end of our lives,” Minister Wyatt said.


“Despite this, less than 15% of Australians have recorded an Advance Care Plan.


“Advance care planning promotes dignity and care that is consistent with a person’s goals, values, beliefs and preferences and can help ensure they receive the right type of treatment at the right time.”


Across Australia during the next seven days, more than 100 events will be held to encourage Australians to discuss their future health care preferences with their loved ones.


“One-third of Australians will die before the age of 75, and 85 per cent of us pass away after a chronic illness, not a sudden event,” Minister Wyatt said.


“So, regardless of our age or current health status, talking about and preparing a plan sooner rather than later is important.”


Mr Wyatt also released Australia’s first Advance Care Planning in Aged Care guide, an updated resource to help aged care residents, their families and aged care providers better support individual choices in their health care.


In recognition of how difficult this topic is for some people and their families, Advance Care Planning Australia has developed a range of conversation starters, quizzes and activities to help get people talking.


For more information on how to prepare an Advance Care Plan or to look up an awareness event near you, see the Advance Care Planning Australia website or call the free advisory service on 1300 208 582 


16 April 2018.