Webinar - The Importance of Advanced Care Planning

On Thursday 2 March 2023, Dying with Dignity NSW hosted a very informative webinar on The Importance of Advance Care Planning. 

Although by the end of 2023 people living in NSW will be able access the new Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) law, for most people Advance Care Planning will still be the most effective way to ensure that your loved ones and health providers know what matters most to you and respect your treatment preferences.

The special guest speakers for the event were Professor Colleen Cartwright and Nurse Anne Mellor

You can watch the full webinar below.

Over 300 people took part in the webinar and for many it was a huge relief to get accurate information on this topic.

About the Presenters


Professor Colleen Cartwright is Emeritus Professor and Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee of Southern Cross University. She has extensive teaching and research experience in ageing, ethics and medical decisions at the end of life, at national and international levels, with publications in major journals and several book chapters.

She regularly runs information and training sessions on end-of-life care, including advance care planning, informed consent and capacity and use of telehealth, with particular focus on the special needs of people with dementia and their carers. Her research has also covered issues related to voluntary assisted dying, both in Australia and internationally.


Anne Meller is a Clinical Nurse Consultant employed by Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. Her role is to assist adults and those close to them with Advance Care Planning.

She has over 30 years’ experience in aged health care from a variety of positions and settings. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), and has completed postgraduate studies in Gerontology, Public Health and Health Administration. She has published several papers in peer reviewed journals. She was a principal investigator in a recent NSW Health funded study to train and support clinicians via an outpatient setting to discuss ACP options with their patients.


Dying with Dignity’s updated Advance Care Planning Pack for New South Wales

For many years, we have been providing an Advance Care Planning Pack for all new DWD members. We have recently updated these materials which consists of a Guide to Advance Care Planning in NSW, two versions of an Advance Care Directive and the form for appointment of an Enduring Guardian.  
There a couple of ways you can access these materials. You can download soft copies or order a hard copy by mail through our webstore or see the Advance Care Planning page on our website. See the links below.