Advance care planning is the process of thinking about, talking about and sharing your thoughts and wishes for your future and end-of-life care.
On 16 April, New Zealand ‘Conversations that Count Day’ is being held – a national day to raise awareness about advance care planning.
All health care professionals are encouraged to support the day, to start having conversations with their patients and families/whānau.
Advance care planning is for everyone. Advance care planning is particularly important for all individuals who have known life-limiting illnesses and where starting to plan now will help them and their families/whānau in the future. Ask your patients what is important to them. Ask them what this will mean when they approach the end of their life.
You can find resources and training to help you with this at www.advancecareplanning.org.nz.