Thursday 5 April 2018 is Advance Care Planning Day – a day to encourage people to think about, talk about and plan for their future and end-of-life care.
The day, previously known as Conversations that Count Day, is coordinated by the Health Quality & Safety Commission.
Advance care planning is an important aspect of helping people to take control of their own health. It helps patients to clarify their thinking about what’s important to them as they near the end of their life.
Knowing a patient’s values and what is important to them can make their treatment approach clearer and easier to follow.
The Commission is printing resources, including a new advance care planning pamphlet, to support those regions promoting Advance Care Planning Day 2018, and there will be some national promotion of the day.
The Commission is coordinating the Advance Care Planning programme until the end of 2019, in partnership with 18 DHBs.