Advance care planning tools and information
Many of us find thinking about the end of life difficult. This can mean we don't talk about it and don't put any plans in place for the future.
Planning could improve our care. It could help us understand what matters most. It could help ourselves and our families/whānau deal with our death.
Thinking and talking about the future, especially the end of life, can help us accept this is something that happens to us all.
Here is an overview of some key tools and information you may find useful to help you think about, talk about and plan for your or a loved one's future care. Hard copies are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A template to help you write down what’s most important to you.
A brochure to help you understand more about advance care planning.
A model for engaging Māori in advance care planning (on Northland DHB’s website).
A template to help you think about the issues.
A template to help you plan who to talk to about your preferences.
For reference only: The old version of our advance care planning guide that has now been replaced by the 2016 version (see top of the page).
Useful New Zealand websites
Department of Internal Affairs: Te Hokinga ā Wairua – end-of-life service
A website to help guide people facing the loss of a loved one. Developed with the help of specialists such as the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand, giving information about people's options and requirements in the first days, weeks and months following a death. It also allows people to record their preferences ahead of time to make it easier on those they will leave behind.
Ministry of Health
ACP guide for New Zealand health care professionals.
Advance care planning for intellectually disabled people
Resources are available to support advance care planning for people with intellectual disabilities, through the Donald Beasley Institute.
This website contains information on why you might want an Enduring Power of Attorney.
Good resources around Enduring Powers of Attorney.
Hospice NZ exists to lead the hospice movement to ensure every New Zealander has access to quality palliative care.
Lots of relevant health content for New Zealanders.
Useful international websites
Advance care planning is being advocated for in many countries across the world. Please remember that the legal frameworks and organisational policies of many of these countries differs from New Zealand. We have included some links below to some of these sites.
Speak Up (Canada)
Conversation Project (United States of America)
Dying Matters (United Kingdom)