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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
  • Shared goals of care for hospital admissions
  • 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 acp@hqsc.govt.nz.

  • 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

Link: Shared goals of care for hospital admissions module

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: 13th December 2021