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Kia Korero: Let's talk Advance Care Planning (ACP)

Encouraging people to plan for their future healthcare is the key message of the national advance care planning campaign, Kia Korero, Let’s talk.

The campaign, launched in February, promotes the advance care planning or ACP programme managed by the Health Quality & Safety Commission and supported by District Health Boards.

Commission chief executive Dr Janice Wilson says that, ultimately, the campaign is about good communication between individuals, their loved ones and health professionals.
“Advance care planning emphasises the value of having open and courageous conversations early. That might include who you want with you when you are very ill, how much treatment you would like and types of treatment you would prefer not to have, and who can make decisions on your behalf if you’re not able to.
‘This makes it much easier for everyone to know what matters to you – especially if you can no longer speak for yourself.’

The campaign aims to inspire people to have a conversation with their whānau and health professionals about what matters to them if they become unwell, and to write down their wishes.

Regional ACP Facilitators are helping to embed ACP by raising awareness amongst healthcare teams, supporting clinicians to have ACP conversations with their patients and promoting the awareness of ACP to the public.

Friday 5 April 2019 is Advance Care Planning Day – a day to encourage people to think about, talk about and plan for their future and end-of-life care.

Activities for Advance Care Planning day on 5 April are:
Nelson Hospital:  Display and ACP Facilitator available, Level 2 (outside cafe) 10 – 3pm
Nelson Library: Stand with ACP Facilitator 11am – 12pm (display will run 25 March – 14 April)
Motueka library: ACP talk at 8 April (display will run 1 – 12 April)

Wairau Hospital: Display and ACP Facilitator available, (Main corridor - just left of main entrance) 10-12pm
Blenheim Library: Window board display – Arthur St, Blenheim. Display running 1st April- 14th April
Seniors Expo: 9th April: Stand with ACP Facilitator – 10-2.30pm, Marlborough Convention Centre

Do your Advance Care Plan online at  or read more here.