You will learn how to speak with your patients and their families about Advance Care Planning and gain practical tips about including Advance Care Plans in your care delivery. Whether you want to help your patients prepare their plan or just provide them with the tools to create it themselves – you will learn what an Advance Care Plan is, what it involves and why it is so necessary that they have one.  You will gain confidence and knowledge about medical, legal and psychological aspects of Advance Care Planning.

For You and Your Patients

Easy to understand information for your organisation, hospital and patients. 

Earn 3 CPD Hours 

Endorsed for 3 CPD Hours

with the Australian College of Nurses 

Flexible Learning

Online access, online or printable handbooks and easy-to-join on-line webinars.  


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 - Conversations 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.


Course Duration

Two (2) hours in total but can be completed at your own pace   

What do others say about the course? 

My staff and I can now answer all our clients' questions about Advance Care Planning. Their trust in me, and their families' trust in me has increased significantly. They have control and peace of mind that their wishes are at the centre of the care they receive .

----Denyse Peter ----