Advance Care Planning: A guide for the New Zealand health care workforce

Published online: 
02 August 2011

Summary

What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a concept that was introduced internationally in the late 1980s, but has only gained momentum in New Zealand in recent years.

It is a process of discussion and shared planning for future health care that assists the individual to identify their personal beliefs and values and incorporate them into plans for their future health care.

ACP assists in the provision of quality health care and treatment. It is becoming increasingly important, particularly with the growing range of medical treatment options available and the enhanced recognition of the importance of patient involvement in medical decisions.

About this guide

Advance Care Planning: A guide for the New Zealand health care workforce was prepared as a response to the increasing sector focus on the need for clear and accurate information and guidance regarding ACP in the New Zealand context.

The intended audience encompasses providers, funders and planners in all areas of health care. It is not aimed at the general public.

The guide provides standardised information about ACP principles and legislation in New Zealand. It aims to promote consistency in practice.

Consumer information

A resource aimed specifically at consumers (both patients and their families/whānau) has been produced to complement this document. It is available at the Advance Care Planning website.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    02 August 2011
  • Hardcopy date of publication:
    02 August 2011
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-35994-7 (Online)
  • HP number:
    5135
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2011. Advance Care Planning: A guide for the New Zealand health care workforce. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:
    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
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