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Tammy Wells (‘the Briscoes’ lady’) talks about having conversations that count and how it is a gift for your family. Watch Tammy's story.
   Sue Limmer experienced mental illness for more than 10 years. In this video her daughter, Annalee, talks about her mum's advance care plan and how helpful it was for her family in Sue's final days and weeks. Watch Sue's story.
  Arthur Te Anini (Ngāti Whanaunga) wants Māori to see the benefits of having an advance care plan. Read or watch Arthur's story.
   Living For Today Planning For Tomorrow: Arn and Josef’s advance care planning stories. Watch Arn and Joseph's stories.
  Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel recently had a conversation with her husband and friends about how she’d like to be cared for if she was dying. Read Lianne's story.
   Dr Heather Roberston, Advance care planning clinical lead for Hauora Tairāwhiti, the district health board of Tairāwhiti, talks about how her serious car accident brought home the importance of sharing your ACP with loved ones. Read Heather's story.

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"I am very accepting of the fact that I am dying, but I want to make sure that things in my life are sorted and I'm handing things over in a constructive way.

People die on the roads every day and leave things in a total mess. It was useful having frank discussions with my doctors, and having built a personal relationship with my doctor and my nurse Anne was exceptionally helpful.

For me it's a relief knowing that things are planned and in place. It makes for less to worry about.

Having a clear and flexible medical plan (that can change!) but also covers the key points is critical.

It takes the guess work out when decisions become hard for myself, my family and the medical team if we all know what I actually desire...

An advance care plan is useful as it can help to overcome family conflict and makes it clear with family as much as with clinicians what I want. It also makes it easier for my doctor to have conversations with my family."

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Last updated: 1st December, 2021