General resources for healthcare professionals

Websites with sections for professionals

Advance Care Planning Australia 

My Wishes

Advance care planning section on Caresearch website

Decision Assist

Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre

ACP TALK. Provides advance care planning resources and videos for religious and culturally sensitive advance care planning  

Other resources

A National Framework for Advance Care Directives. September 2011. An historical, legislative and policy overview of advance care planning and advance care directives across Australia. Any professionals interested in advance care planning should be familiar with this document.

The Dementia Journey: Information and Workbook for Planning Ahead. Developed by Palliative Care NSW in association with Dementia Australia NSW, and designed to help people with dementia plan ahead.

Planning Ahead: an information guide for older people and their families in South Australia

Planning Ahead: an information guide for older people and their families in Victoria

Capacity Australia. This website includes mini legal kits to guide health professionals in the assessment of capacity. The kits have been individually developed for each state and territory.

Capacity toolkit and website. This document provides practical information and guidance to government employees, community workers, professionals, families and carers on issues relating to capacity and capacity assessment. While developed in New South Wales, it is mostly relevant for all parts of Australia.

Respect my decisions: It’s my right. This document is a guide to advance end-of-life care planning for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Planning for palliative dementia care: resource guide. A guide to palliative care planning, with a focus on supporting people to remain living at home throughout their life. It assists workers provide appropriate support, promotes consistent practice across the organisation; and promotes communication between the care team and specialist palliative care services.

Talking about dementia and dying: a discussion tool for residential aged care facility staff. A useful, practical resource for any professionals working with people in late-stage dementia, helping staff discuss death and dying with people with dementia and their families.

What prevents people with dementia making plans for their future?. A report of a research project about planning ahead that was undertaken by Dementia Australia (NSW).

General Practitioners & GP Practice Nurses