Advance Care Planning for Doctors

and GP Clinics


RACGP Approved 

6 CPD Activity Points 



This course will give you confidence and knowledge about the medical, legal, neuropsychological and emotional aspects of Advance Care Planning. Whether you want to help individual patients create their plan, provide them with the tools to complete it themselves, or set up a system for your clinic or workplace, this course covers it all. You  will learn the legalities of Advance Care Plans, what your responsibilities are, how to have discussions with your patients, how to systemise your practice or clinic for time-efficient patient-centred care. Especially important for GPs whose patients receive aged care. 

Comprehensive Training for You, Your Clinic and Your Patients 

Easy to understand information for you, your clinic and your patients.

RACGP Approved 


Comprehensive coverage of medical, legal, and neuropsychological issues.

Flexible Learning for all Learning Styles and Schedules

Online access, printable handbooks and easy-to-join webinars.                                  


One time payment $350


What does the course include?


  • Module 1 - The Basics of Advance Care Planning

    1. What is an Advance Care Plan?
    2. When is an Advance Care Plan used?
    3. What difference does it make?
    4. Can they be negated or challenged by anyone?
    5. Who should create one?
    6. How do you choose a Substitute Decision Maker?
    7. How often does it need to be updated?
    8. Who should you share your Advance Care Plan with?
    9. What About Enduring Guardians, Health proxies and Lawyers?
    10. Who should start the conversation about an Advance Care Plan?


  • Module 2 - Legal Considerations

    1. Advance Care Plans in Australia.
    2. Statutory Vs Common Law Advance Care Plans.
    3. Understanding Power of Attorney.
    4. POA versus EPOA.
    5. Enduring Power of Attorney for Health Matters, or Enduring Guardianship.
    6. Challenging an ACP.
        6.1 When might someone challenge an ACP?

6.2  What happens if someone challenges an ACP?

6.3  How best to avoid or discourage someone from challenging an ACP?


  • Module 3 - Substitute Decision Maker (SDM)

    1. How do I choose a Substitute Decision Maker?
    2. Who should I choose as my Substitute Decision Maker?
    3. Can I appoint more than one Substitute Decision Maker?
    4. Why would I appoint more than one Substitute Decision Maker?
    5. When do I choose a Substitute Decision Maker?
    6. What is the role of a Substitute Decision Maker?
    7. Keeping them in the loop.


  • Module 4 - Medical Considerations

    1. When is an Advance Care Plan used?
    2. Do I have decision-making capacity? When might I lose it?
    3. What happens in an Emergency?
    4. How does a hospital know about someone’s Advance Care Plan?
    5. The Value of going Digital.
    6. How Comorbidities increase the need for an Advance Care Plan?
    7. Life-sustaining Treatments.
    8. Withholding or Withdrawing Treatment.
    9. Understanding Palliative Care.


  • Module 5 - Starting the Conversation

    1. Roles and Opportunities.
    2. Getting the Ball Rolling.
    3. Barriers to Talking.
    4. Avoiding Conflict.
    5. Breaking the Ice.
    6. Explaining What Matters Most.
    7. The Importance of Silence when listening.


  • Module 6 - Advance Care Plans for Aged Care Providers

    1. An Ageing Population.
    2. The Benefits of Advance Care Plans in Aged Care.
    3. Aged Care Quality Standards: Australian Government.
    4. Common Law and Statutory Law for Advance Care Plans in Detail.
    5. Consent and medical treatment.
    6. Emotional Benefits of an Advance Care Plan.
    7. Auditing Existing Clients.


  • Module 7 - Conversation with Clients

    1. Advance Care Planning for New Clients.
    2. Advance Care Planning with Existing Clients.
    3. Barriers to Discussions around Advance Care Planning.
    4. Conversations about Advance Care Planning with clients.
    5. Updating a client’s Advance Care Plan.
    6. Documenting discussions about Advance Care Plans.


  • Module 8 - Managing Advance Care Plans for Others

    1. Best Practice tips for handling Advance Care Plans.
    2. Disagreements.
    3. Confusion and Grey Areas.
    4. In an Emergency.
    5. Communicating with a Substitute Decision Maker.
    6. When to review an Advance Care Plan.
    7. When to enact an Advance Care Plan.




What others say about the course

"Too many times I have seen my patients taken to hospital and given treatments and interventions at the end of their life that I knew they did not want. This course has given me a detailed and comprehensive understanding of assessing capacity, implementing a system for my practice, and how to ensure my patients have an Advance Care Plan that works, and that matches their wishes. 

Dr Giv Dezardis