New National Advance Care Planning Week ambassador

Advance Care Planning Australia has announced that Chief Advocate for National Seniors Australia, Ian Henschke as an ambassador for National Advance Care Planning Week, 16-22 April 2018.


Mr Henschke, joins the ranks of ambassadors who represent clinical experts, researchers, authors and consumer advocacy leaders across Australia, who together are raising awareness of the need for people to make their future health care preferences known.


Following the death of his brother Richard, and with his other brothers, Philip and Mark who both have a background in medicine, Ian has come to recognise the importance and benefits of advance care planning. Ian is keen to ensure more Australians increase their understanding and uptake of advance care planning and that more senior Australians take a more active role in their future health care.


Medical Director of Advance Care Planning Australia, Dr Karen Detering welcomed Ian as a National Advance Care Planning Week ambassador.


National Advance Care Planning Week is funded by the Australian Government and runs from April 16-22. To date almost 50 community groups and health organisations across Australia have signed up to host an event as part of the initiative, starting an important conversation in their community about making their future health care preferences known.


What is advance care planning?

Advance care planning promotes care that is consistent with your goals, values, beliefs and preferences. It prepares you and others to plan for future health care and a time when you may no longer be able to communicate those decisions yourself.


Key facts:

  • Around half of Australians will not be able to make their own end-of-life medical decisions
  • A third of Australians will die before the age of 75
  • 85% of people die after a chronic illness, not a sudden event
  • Research shows that advance care planning can reduce anxiety, depression and stress experienced by families and that they are more likely to be satisfied with their loved one’s care.


Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is a national program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.


14 March 2018.