‘Be Open. Be Ready. Be Heard’. New Online Education Resources available from Advance Care Planning Australia.

Have you checked out the new online education resources available from Advance Care Planning Australia?  If not, read on…

It’s just going on seven years since I attended the Inaugural International Advance Care Planning Conference in Melbourne. And as I scratch my head now – two children and two interstate moves later – I realise that much has changed not only in my personal/professional life, but also in the evolution of this important field.

As a nurse academic, I must admit that over time I’ve found it difficult to keep abreast of the many developments across the landscape of advance care planning –  mainly because my teaching and research is not focused within this specific aspect of palliative care. That said, I do realise the importance of keeping up to date and maintaining my knowledge.

With that in mind, I decided to check out the latest in online education resources available at Advance Care Planning Australia’s education site. In providing this summary I hope that you the reader will either avail yourself of whatever information might be useful to you, or otherwise refer your friends/family/patients/colleagues to do the same.

With a dedicated learning space, the site offers a range of on-line courses and webinars tailored to anyone interested in learning more about advance care planning—whether you are a health care professional, care worker, student, or member of the general community.


You need to register first before you can access the online learning content. A very handy feature is the ‘My Learning’ section, where you can view and access records of your learning. The site is relatively easy to navigate and incorporates plenty of colour.

The main learning content consists of three modules.

In Module 1 (Introduction to Advance Care Planning), you can find out about advance care planning, as well as it’s key components and benefits. Specific objectives in this module include:

  • Define advance care planning
  • Describe components of advance care planning
  • Identify benefits of advance care planning
  • Describe how organisations can best support advance care planning

In Module 2 (Advance Care Planning Conversations) you can learn how to initiate advance care planning conversations and explore key communication strategies. Specific objectives in this module include:

  • Describe roles in advance care planning discussions
  • Recognise opportunities and barriers when discussing advance care planning
  • Describe how to prepare for a discussion on decision-making
  • List skills and strategies required for effective communication
  • Identify appropriate resources for documenting advance care planning

In Module 3 (Advance Care Planning Decision-Making) you will consider advance care planning decision-making ,as well as important legal aspects in different jurisdictions. Specific objectives in this module include:

  • Describe the roles in healthcare decision-making
  • Identify the decision-making steps for each role
  • Describe the legal process for developing advance care plans
  • Understand how to determine the substitute decision-maker

There is also a Resource Hub that provides a useful Fact Sheet and some very handy links to national and state-specific resources, legal forms, projects and publications.

I would encourage anyone interested in learning more about advance care planning to visit the site and make use of these fabulous resources.

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