About this item

Issue date:
2 August 2011
Corporate Author:
Manatū Hauora - Ministry of Health
Document date:
2 August 2011
Copyright status:

Copyright Held by Non-Crown Party

978-0-478-35994-7 (Online)


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.