Dear colleagues and friends,

It is a great honour and pleasure to invite you to the 7th International Conference on Advance Care Planning, 13th - 16th March 2019 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Advance care planning (ACP) as a means to promote patient-centred care continues to gain increasing importance in almost all medical fields and care settings. As an ongoing, life-long communication process facilitated by skilled personnel, ACP is an innovative, effective approach eventually ensuring that when patients are no longer able to make their own medical decisions their treatment wishes are known and honoured.

Upcoming Conferences

ACP-i Annual General Meeting: 13 - 16 March 2019. Rotterdam, Netherlands


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Past Conferences

ACPEL Annual General Meeting: Friday 8 - 10 September 2017. Banff Centre Canada

Click here for more information: ACPEL Meeting 2017

Protocol about the founding of ACP-i : Protokoll der Gründungsversammlung Intern.Gesell. Behandlung im Voraus

ACP-i Board 2017 / 2018

Handing over presidency from Bud Hammes to Tanja Krones


ACPEL Conference 2015 "Key to Patient-Centered Care" 9 - 12 September 2015 in Munich, Germany

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The Programme: ACPEL Programme MASTER 07-09-2015 neu


ACPEL Conference 2013 Putting Words Into Action 9 -11 May 2013
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, VIC, Australia

Click below to view the list of 2013 Presentations

A Larpent – Living well dying well: Putting these words into action

A Melville – Admission to intensive care for provsion of end of life care in Australia and New Zealand: Do the patients all die?

A McGee – Advanced care planning for dementia patients

A Herbert – Practicalities and sensitivities around discussing resuscitation at the end of life: a clinical tool

A Larmer – Business as usual – implmentation of advanced care directives in a renal dialysis unit

B White – Does law have a role to play in advanced care planning?

B Hayhoe – Advanced care planning in primary care in the East of England: putting guidance into practice?

B McSherry – “We all need somebody to lean on”. Supported decision-making, law reform & mental health care

B Hammes – Normalising ACP in the community

C Tobin – Mature minors and refusal of medical treatment

C Peisah – Pain management, end of life care, and dementia: addressing the gaps between theory and practice

C Duck – Victorian end-of-life care pathways coordinating program

C Kelly – Expand FAQs on advanced care planning: Driven by the community

C Smith – Dignity of life & person-centred processess for advanced care planning in the community

C Corke – Personal values profiling and advance care planning

C Corke – Diagnosing dying – when we miss the boat

C Shanley – Promoting advanced care planning to reduce the impact of dementia – a new web resource from Alzheimer’s Australia

C Cartwright – Advanced care planning and the law: Unintended barriers

C Cartwright – End of life care for people with dementia

C Doyle – Involving people living with dementia in research: What are the ethical issues and how is it covered in advanced care planning?

D O’Brien – Designing for dementia and palliative care: A review

D Mawren – Advance care planning for mental health treatment: the perspective of Australian mental health clinicians

D K Leng Sim – Advanced care planning for patients with heart failure in a multiethnic South East Asian cohort

D Clifton – Advanced Care Planning for cancer patients with serious mental illness

D Wilkinson – Prognosis-based guidelines for treatment limitation decisions in newborn infants

E Weaver – Successful Intervention: Raising awareness of Advanced Care Planning in the rural community setting

F Israel – Essential advanced care planning: Deactivation of implantable cardioverterdefibrillators (IDCs) at end of life

G Marckmann – The economics of advanced care planning: empirical data and ethical implications

G Smith – Undergraduated  nursing students’ perceptions about West Australian advance care planning legislation

G Threlkeld – ACP for healthy older adults: Strategies and tools for a public health approach

H Rushford – You decide who decides: an online tool for choosing enduring powers of attomey

H Walker – Talking about end of life – marketing advance care planning to residential aged care facilities

H Y Chan – Institutional policies & guidelines for informed choices and decision making – a review of ACP policies in selected distict health boards in New Zealand

I Boettcher – Telephonic advance care planning facilitated by health plan case managers

I Chung – Implementing a national Advanced Care Planning (ACP) programme in Singapore

J Kearney – Advance Care Planning: Levers in health services

J Beattie – Fifty shades of dying: the challenge of advanced care planning across the spectrum of disease trajectories in advanced heart failure

J Kelly – Audit of resuscitation planning and documentation at a tertiary children’s hospital over a twelve month period

J Blackford – Can advanced care planning become part of usual community palliative care? Using a multi-site action research approach to identify conditions for success

J Fowler – Piloting an intergrated approach of Advanced Care Planning for an elderly population within a provincial city

J Hill – The safety and quality of end of life care in Australia acute health services – a report on preliminary consultation interviews with consumers, clinicians, hospital executives and government policy-makers

J Tieman – Facilitating access to ACP and AD evidence in palliative care

J Hynson – Advance care planning – a parent’s perspective

J Smith – More than just language: Older Dutch and Italian migrants’ views on advanced care planning

J Mann – Implementation of Advanced Care Planning (ACP) in general practice through the provision of outreach ACP facilitators

J Dellit – The state of play – current Advanced Care palnning (ACP) practice in residential aged care in one regular Australian area health service

J-A Wilkinson – Have we improved advanced care planning for dying residnetial aged care patients presenting to an acute tertiary hospital?

J Rhee – Why don’t GPs do advance care planning

J Chesterman – The role of law in advanced care planning: Should it lead, follow, or get out of the way?

J Gillis – Organ donation in paediatric ICUs

J Orosz – Retrospective review of deteriorating patients managed with end-of-life care following medical emergency team (MET) calls

J Moran – How well are acute hospital staff setting treatment goals and identifying need for palliative care for inpatients?

J Trimboli – Transforming attributes: A youth initiative

J D Lotz – Advance care planning in pediatrics: The care providers’ perspective

J Savulescu – Ethical and effective advance care planning

J in der Schmitten – Place of death and end-of-life care in nursing home residents after implementing Germany’s first regional advanced care planning program: a controlled trial (Study Protocol)

K Wallis – Advance Care Directives (ACDS): consistency and understanding of patients’ future medical treatment preferences

K Robins-Browne – How recognition of relational knowing expands the general practitioner’s role in advanced care planning

K Knight – Success in Advanced Care Planning – the changing goal post?

K Greeve – Advanced care planning, a step-by-step guide for health care professionals assisting patients with chronic conditions to plan for care towards end of life

K Auret – Does advanced care planning translate into improved care in rural Western Australian hospital setting

K Agllias – The reunification expectations of estranged elders towards the end of life

L Chenoweth – Knowledge and attitudes about advanced care planning amoungst an older adult population living in South East Queensland

L H Tan – How often does the medical emergency team implement end of life care? A systematic review

L Crowe – I am so angry and frightened to be at this stage of my life: observations of grief and loss in community Advanced Care Planning group education

L Crowe – Is it appropriate to initiate palliative care in a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU)?

M Thorn – Improving advanced care planning and end of life care in Acute Hospitals, using the Gold Standards Framework Acute Hospital Programme

M Thorn – The practicalities of cross boundry working in respect of ACP for care home with nursing residents

M Thorn – Going for Gold – Achieving top quality end of life care in GP practices and mainstreaming Advanced Care Planning (ACP) discussions – findings from the first GP practices to be GSF accredited

M Sellars – CPR policy and practice in Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs)

M J Silveira – Is it ethical not to do advanced care planning

M Imrie – How someone dies lives on

M Boughey- Care Planning in advance: The process of bringing an impossible mission to an institutional reality at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

M Brandon – Advanced care planning in aged care homes: Accreditation or the pursuit of excellence

M Swartz -Advanced care directives for persons with mental illness

M Lyon – Association of treatment preferences, spiritual beliefs and religion amoung adolescents infected with HIV/AIDS participating in Family Centered (FACE) Advance Care Planning (ACP)

M Lyon – Family Centered Advance care Planning for teens with cancer (FACE-TC): 3-months out – advance directives, psychological adjustment, and quality of life

M Sands – Advanced care planning who, when and where. What is the evidance to support the call to plan EARLY

M L Tsang – Cross sectional survey on advanced care planning acceptance & end of life care preferences among community dwelling elderly with complex medical problems and their carers

M Sulistio – To MET or not to MET: that is the question!

M Dowling – Interpreting not just the words but the meaning intended in End of Life and Organ Donation discussions with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) families

N Evans- End-of-life medical treatment preference disscussions and surrogate decision-maker appointments: Evidence from Italy, Spain, Belgium and The Netherlands

N Michael – Understanding how cancer patients actualise, relinquish and reject advanced care planning: Implications for practice

N Hiscock – An exploratory study on the views of cancer patients informal caregivers about advanced care planningN Dunbar – Normalising ACP in the Hospital – the role of standards

P Hutzel – Quality of end of life for long-term ventilated adults with tracheostomy and their families – a practical solution and practical introduction

P Yates – How can we deliver good palliative care efficiently?

P Malley – Heart and soul: effective Advance Care Planning programme provides international model

P Tait – Development of an end-of-life core medicines list for community patients

P Weller – Advanced care planning in mental health: Legal issues and new developments

P Saul – Deciding for others – a clinician’s view

P Saul – Guidelines – are they a waste of time?

R Mountjoy – Australian psychiatrics’ knowledge, attributes, and practice in relation to advanced care planning for mental health treatment

R Curtis – Measuring and improving communication about palliative and end-of-life care

R Sjanta – The key elements to sustaining advanced care planning in residential aged care

R Rousso – Advanced Care Planning within Jewish Ethical Principles

R Arnold – Negotiating conflict in end of life care

R Arnold – Communication skills for advanced care planning and end-of-life conversations

R Molenaar – Improving home death Down Under

R Truog – Ethical changes in providing EOLC in the ICU

R Truog – “Talking with families about organ donation in the ICU”

R T Dunedin – Advance care planning for COPD patients: A video does the trick

R Thomas – A broader approach to limitation of medical treatment: audit of compliance after changing from “NFR” to “Goals of Care” in an acute hospital

R Pasman – Patient preferences and actual treatment in older people at end of life. A mortality follow-back study

R Hunt – Estimating the impact of advance care planning on hospital admissions, occupied bed days, and accute care savings

S Petri – Actual practice of consultants for advanced directives, which are trained by a Hospice Academy: A pilot study

S Brean – Case report: Disability and Advanced Care Planning (ACP) – lessons learnt

S Beedham – Advance care planning in a community setting for people with cronic disease

S Bradley – Current advanced directive use in South Australia: Results from the 2012 Spring South Australian Health Omnibus Survey

S Davison – Advanced care planning and end of life care in renal failure

S Billings – Advance care planning from the consumers perspective: The making of a DVD

S Muir – Developing advanced care planning and communication skills in the New Zealand healthcare workforce

S Fullerton – Implementation of the Liverpool care pathway in the acute setting improved end of life care

S Philpot – Fulfilling the end of life wish of an awake critically ill patient prior to withdrawal of organ support

S Menon – Is there an ideal legal framework for end of life decision making?

S Lee – Clinical decision-making moments: A reality for advanced care planning at end-of-life

T Burgess – How well does the Australian health care system support quality end-of-life care for people with chronic disease?

T Flynn – Do attitudes predict advance care planning preferences?

T Holman – Engaging Consumers: The untapped drivers of change

W M Wong – Pilot of an end-of-life care pathway in non-cancer palliative unit in Chinese population

W Varndell – CPR: Stat! or Stop! End-of-life Care Electronic Record (ELCER)

W Cairns – Review of the introduction and audit of the use of the Acute Resuscitation Plan and related documents to enhance end-of-life care across The Townsville Hospital, a large tertiary hospital in provincial Queensland

W Silvester – The impact of advanced care planning for renal patients