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Planning Ahead: Focus on Advance Care Planning



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Advance care planning is an essential process for clients with dementia or other life-limiting conditions. Learn to provide ethical and effective advice in this critical area of legal practice with this online short course from UTS Open.


About this course

Lawyers who work with older people play an important role in providing advice on advance care planning, particularly for people with dementia. This course will equip you with an understanding of clients’ legal rights when planning ahead for the possible loss of decision-making capacity. You’ll explore:

  • The legal and practical aspects of advance care planning (ACP)
  • How to improve ACP documents and processes to reflect clients’ values and preferences
  • Decision-making capacity, including how to recognise and respond when client capacity may be in question
  • How to support decision making for people with dementia.


Key benefits of this course

This short course will enable participants to:

  • Improve client engagement in advance care planning
  • Learn best practices for advance care planning documentation
  • Manage capacity issues appropriately and implement strategies to support client decision-making capacity
  • Build upon their existing professional expertise to become a dementia-capable legal practitioner
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - For NSW lawyers, the Law Society of New South Wales advises: "If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit" for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included."

Digital badge and certificate

A digital badge and certificate will be awarded following the successful completion of any necessary tasks or assessments to demonstrate acquired learning of the short course or for meeting attendance and/or participation requirements.

Learn more about UTS Open digital badges.

Related courses

This short course is part of a training series that develops lawyers’ knowledge and skills as 'dementia-capable' practitioners, with a focus on the following attributes: knowledge, professionalism, legal rights and risks and capacity.

Other courses in the series include:


Full price: $360 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

Participants access this course via UTS’ user-friendly online learning management system, Canvas. The course content is presented in engaging and interactive ways. Throughout the course participants will:

  • Complete self-assessment activities to reflect on their current knowledge and attitudes, including sharing experiences with peers through discussion posts
  • Compile their own ‘Dementia-Capable Toolkit’ by downloading tools and checklists presented within the course and also through searching for further resources available in their state/territory of practice
  • Experience interactive features which offer engaging summaries of current research
  • Benefit from audio and video clips providing insights on course topics from medical and legal practitioners and dementia advocates.

This self-paced course is designed to take participants approximately 2 hours to complete, however you may choose to spend more time exploring suggested readings and resources in compiling your ‘Dementia-Capable Toolkit’.

Course learning objectives

This short course will equip participants to:

  • Explain the features and benefits of advance personal planning for people with dementia
  • Implement strategies to increase the uptake and quality of advance care planning in clients with dementia
  • Explain the principles of decision-making capacity
  • Identify and respond appropriately when clients' decision-making capacity is unclear
  • Put in place strategies to support decision-making for clients with dementia.



Participants in this course access materials via the Canvas learning management system (LMS) and will require:

  • Access to a computer or device with a reliable internet connection
  • An operating system and a web browser compatible with the Canvas LMS
  • Speakers or headphones for audio.


Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • Group enrolment of 5 or more from the same organisation: 15% discount
    • To take up this offer, email with
    • your organisation’s name and ABN,
    • the course name and date and
    • the number of people in your group (minimum of 5 participants).
  • UTS alumni and current students: 10% discount with voucher code Lawalumni
  • UTS staff: 10% discount

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount

Please contact the team at to clarify payment options and the 10% staff discount code.

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number during checkout. If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the "Have a voucher code?" prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button.

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Who is this course for?

This short course has been designed for lawyers working in a variety of legal disciplines, including (not limited to):

  • General practice
  • Will/estates, elder law and related areas
  • Community legal practice.


Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.