Advance Care Directive Peer-led Workshop Project

Advance Care directive Peer-led Workshop

Do you have an Advance Care Directive ?

An ACD empowers you to make clear legal arrangements for your future health care, end of life, preferred living arrangements and other personal matters.

Be part of the project's free information sessions to gain the resources you need and be assisted to understand how to complete this important legal document. Please note these are small group workshops so numbers are limited and bookings are essential.

All resources are provided free along with light refreshments.

*Please note these workshops will not have a Justice of the Peace in attendance and completed ACD's cannot be brought to the workshops for witnessing.

If you have a query about an ACD form you have already filled in, please contact the Project Officer for further guidance or to book for witnessing sessions in the future.

Justice of the Peace Advanced Care Directive training

An Advance Care Directive is not legally binding until it is signed and witnessed. This project is proud to support the role of a Justice of the Peace in witnessing an ACD and certifying copies by collaborating with the Royal Association of Justices of SA to make up to date training accessible to the Southern Councils.

The Royal Association of Justices of SA Inc invites Justices of the Peace who provide their services in the City of Holdfast Bay, Marion, Mitcham or Onkaparinga to a free half day training session on Advance Care Directives. This will be held at:

Saturday, 23 July 2022
Cove Civic Centre, 1 Ragamuffin Drive
Hallett Cove

From   9.30am - 1pm
To book contact the Registrar, Nicole Beck, on 8297 4044 or email

Next available workshops

Woodcroft Community Centre
175 Bains Rd
Morphett Vale SA 5162

Monday 29 August 

Book here

Mitcham Memorial Library
154 Belair Rd
Hawthorn SA 5062

Thursday 22 September

 Book here

An ongoing series of workshops are being organised, for more information or to provide an expression of interest contact  

Judith Lowe, Active Ageing Project Officer on 8384 0161 or email


Completed workshops

Wednesday 8 June - Kauri Community and Sports Centre

Monday 6 June - Mitcham Memorial Library

Wednesday 23 March - Elizabeth House Positive Ageing Centre

Monday 21 March - Wakefield House Positive Ageing Centre

More detail about Advance Care Directives

An Advance Care Directive (ACD) empowers you to make clear legal arrangements for your future health care, end of life, preferred living arrangements and other personal matters. It also allows individuals to appoint one or more Substitute Decision Makers to make these decisions on their behalf should they be unable to do so in the future.

However, many individuals do not have an up to date or fully completed ACD. This project aims to understand the current barriers and create a new peer-led option for older adults to be supported to complete an ACD. Forms are available online through

Project Background

The Advance Care Directive Peer-led Workshop Project will develop, deliver and coordinate a peer-led and sustainable training model, that can be adapted and implemented in other local government areas. This model includes peer-led workshops that aim to increase community understanding and completion of Advance Care Directives.

Project Updates

The project started with a community survey. From the responses we identified that many individuals remain unaware of ACD or have placed it low on their priorities. The main barriers to completion were indentified as lack of awareness about ACD, lack of knowledge about how to complete the form and lack of access to the forms and resources. The preferred solutions were stated as free Councils resources, dedicated face to face events and the support of a knowledgeable individual to assist complete the form. 

Guided by our Steering Group of experts, an easy to understand presentation has been developed with visual cards and verbal prompts to assist anyone to begin their ACD. The workshop was then piloted at two co-design community events in Onkaparinga with 18 local community members aged 60 and above who helped to refine the process and paper resources. Attendees were offered post-workshop support and dedicated access to a Justice of the Peace to witness their forms, which enabled many to complete their ACD within just four weeks. Community workshops will be running across our Southern Council partners until December 2022.

Opportunities to be more involved

The project not only aims to provide meaningful opportunities for community members to increase their skills and knowledge about Advance Care Directives (ACD's) but also to share their experience by helping others. Therefore, the project is now looking for expressions of interest from mature individuals who have completed their own ACD and are interested in becoming volunteer ACD facilitators. These facilitators will attend workshops and help others work through the completion of an ACD form offering general guidance, a sharing of available resources and personal support without judgement.

If you are interested in this volunteer role contact Judith Lowe, Active Ageing Project Officer on 8384 0161 
or email or consider attending a workshop to find out more.


This project is being run across the Southern Councils of Onkaparinga, Marion, Mitcham and Holdfast Bay and is supported by Office for Ageing Well and Health Services Programs, SA Health.

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