There are a number of online and face-to-face training resources for clinicians to increase their knowledge about advance care planning, explore their biases, understand the legal framework for medical decision-making, improve their clinical communication skills and to effectively document conversations and plans.

Online modules

The following modules are available to complete online:

  • Learning and education modules on understanding bias in health care (three modules)
  • Level 1 advance care planning (four modules)
  • Serious Illness Conversation Guide (SICG) introduction
  • Legal framework for medical decision-making
  • One hour SICG training video and supporting webinars
  • SICG and shared goals of care for ARC

District health board classroom training

Refer to the interactive map for your local district health board contact.

  • L1A advance care planning workshop: a comprehensive one-day workshop covering the benefits of ACP, the legal framework with case studies, communication skills and practice, and documentation practice.
  • SICG three-hour workshop: a role-play based workshop which helps clinicians build their confidence to use the guide in ACP and shared goals of care discussions.

National training

Please contact the Health Quality & Safety Commission for more information on national training sessions. Email us at

  • L1A train-the-trainer two-day course
  • SICG train-the-trainer one-day course


Related resources

Resource: Advance care planning training manual (June 2021)

Resource: Learning and education modules on understanding bias in health care (three modules)

Link: Level 1 advance care planning (four modules)

Page: Serious Illness Conversation Guide (SICG) introduction

Page: Legal framework for medical decision-making

Resource: Serious illness conversations: reference guide for health care professionals

Page: One-hour SICG training video and supporting webinars

Page: SICG and SGOC for ARC

Page: DHB-specific contacts and process for recording advance care plans

Last updated 24/06/2021