National advance care planning prevalence study

Data analysis is underway

Advance Care Planning Australia in partnership with Monash University is conducting a world first National Advance Care Planning Prevalence Study.

The National Advance Care Planning Prevalence Study will help determine the prevalence of advance care planning documentation for people aged over 65 in hospitals, general practice, and aged care homes. This is a Decision Assist initiative and supported by funding from the Commonwealth.

Applications to participate in the National Advance Care Planning Prevalence Study are now closed and data analysis is underway. If you would like to stay informed about this project and possible future work, subscribe to our newsletter.

About the study

The Evaluation of the National Palliative Care Strategy 2010 Final Report identified a lack of baseline advance care planning data and the need for national data to monitor the effectiveness of the strategy, including the update of advance care planning.

The National Advance Care Planning Prevalence Study explores the availability of advance care planning documentation, people’s views on advance care planning, and whether these documents impact on medical treatment.

This project appeals to organisations that want to contribute to groundbreaking research.

Organisations will benefit from:

  • assistance from researchers to determine how well they record people’s preferences for care
  • opportunities to find out how they can improve person-centred care
  • the opportunity to use this study as part of quality improvement and accreditation standards
  • funding to support participation in the study
  • recognition of your organisation’s contribution
  • a package of information, including a telephone advisory line, provided to ensure information is available to support any advance care planning queries during and after the project
  • training sessions in data collection
  • support and regular communication from the project team
  • a training manual to supplement the training program.

Questions and further information

If you have questions relating to the National Advance Care Planning Prevalence Study, please contact:

Advance Care Planning Australia 
Phone: (03) 9496 5660
e-mail: acpdecisionassist@austin.org.au


Related resources

  • Articles & Publications

    Evaluation of the National Palliative Care Strategy 2010, Report 2016

    Australian Government Department of Health

    This evaluation was undertaken to determine the relevance and useability of the National Palliative Care Strategy 2010. The evaluation was informed by an evidence review as well as national consultation through workshops, in-depth interviews, and online submissions.

  • Articles & Publications

    National Palliative Care Strategy 2010

    Australian Government Department of Health

    Supporting Australians to Live Well at the End of Life. This national strategy aims to achieve four goals relating the palliative care including (1) awareness and understanding, (2) appropriateness and effectiveness, (3) leadership and governance, and (4) capacity and capability.