Advance Care Directive Peer-led Workshop Project

Advance Care directive Peer-led Workshop

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. 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.

Ways to be involved

Contribute your experiences of ACD’s through a brief community survey. Whether you have recently completely an ACD, completed one some time ago or it is still on your ‘to-do’ list we would like to hear your views. By understanding the motivations, barriers to, and approaches that best facilitate successful completion of an ACD, the project can develop the right resources.


Register your interest in joining the community codesign group, which will meet to explore the best ways for older individuals to support each other to identify and document their future health and lifestyle wishes and preferences . Expressions of interest are open now for codesign activities in 2022 by:


Phone 08 8384 0161

Register here

Attend an in-person or online workshop with a local peer facilitator who can assist you to create or update an Advance Care Directive, which will assist your friends, family, and health care practitioners in the future to understand what is important to you. Register here

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.

The Advance Care Directives Peer-led Workshop Project is supported by Office for Ageing Well and Health Services Programs, SA Health.

An Advance Care Directive (ACD) allows you to:

  • write down your wishes, preferences and instructions for your future health care, end of life, living arrangements, personal matters and/or
  • appoint one or more Substitute Decision Makers to make these decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so in the future. 

Community Needs

It has been identified that community understanding of and confidence in completing an ACD could be improved, following on from the Surveys conducted as part of the 2019 review of the Advance Care Directive Act 2013. Community-led initiatives that skill peer volunteer facilitators have the potential to increase successful completion of an ACD and ensure choice and dignity is maintained. 

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. Workshops will be available across  all Council areas in 2022.

For more information or to join the community codesign group contact: Judith Lowe, Active Ageing Project Officer, Onkaparinga Council 8384 0161

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