Commission working with Advance Care Planning Cooperative

11 Nov 2015

Advance care planning (ACP) is a process of discussion and shared planning for future health care, with the goal of people thinking about, talking about and sharing an ACP that includes:

  • what is important to them
  • what type of care they would like towards the end of their life
  • who they want involved in decisions about their treatment and care
  • where they would want to be cared for if they could no longer care for themselves
  • how they do and do not want to be treated, especially as they approach the end of their life
  • what worries them about being ill and dying.

The ACP Cooperative is a collective of over 1000 like-minded people who drive a collaborative approach to the design and implementation of ACP in New Zealand. Leadership and coordination of the Cooperative’s activities are supported by Auckland District Health Board (DHB). Membership is free and open to anyone involved in the design or delivery of ACP services.

There are a number of synergies with the work of the ACP Cooperative and the Commission, particularly in the consumer engagement area, and the aim of ‘achieving excellent health care with limited resources through far greater engagement of patients in decisions about their own care’.

It also links well with the goals of the Commission’s Open for better care campaign, and supports all Commission programmes, as it encourages health professionals to discuss with their patients what matters most to them and who they want involved in decisions about their treatment and care.

In April each year, the ACP Cooperative runs Conversations that Count Day, which aims to raise awareness about ACP with the general public. The team is working on resources for the next Conversations that Count Day, which will be made available in March next year. You can see the 2015 resources on the Conversations that Count website.

The ACP Cooperative has designed an online ACP along with training for health professionals, which is administered by The Northern Regional Alliance and part funded by Health Workforce New Zealand. There is also an ACP awareness-raising and training programme for the general public, Conversations that Count Communicator and Trainer training. More information can be found on the ACP website.

Last updated 11/11/2015