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Advance Care Planning Week

Advance Care Planning Week

This National Advance Care Planning Week we are encouraging people in our region, regardless of your age and health status, to start conversations with loved ones about what you want at the end of your life.

Almost 50% of people will not be able to make their own end‐of‐life medical decisions, yet less than 15% of Australians have documented their preferences in an Advance Care Directive.

In 2017 we commissioned a report into end-of-life care within our region, Caring for People at End-of-Life, which highlighted that many people still feel uncomfortable talking about death. This often means that end-of-life care discussions are starting at a time of crisis. Under these circumstances, the person involved is often no longer able to make decisions for themselves and this can leave family members unprepared.

The result is often unnecessary hospitalisations or, as brought to light in interviews for the report, people dying in ambulances or in emergency rooms rather than at home surrounded by loved ones. Advance Care Planning allows you clearly communicate your wishes, if you are ever unable to communicate for yourself. Research also shows that having appropriate plans in place, reduces the stress and anxiety experienced by families at the end of their loved one’s life.

Advance Care Planning involves having discussions with your health professionals, family and friends and could include a written Advance Care Directive document. People can upload their Advance Care Planning documents to their My Health Record which can then be viewed by their GP or other registered clinicians with permission. This year we are excited to building primary healthcare professionals capacity in Advance Care Planning be delivering training workshops in each LGA for GPs, practice nurses and practice managers.This training will use evidence-based tools and resources developed by HammondCare through the Advance Project.

To start your personal Advance Care Planning journey, request a free starter pack or free-call the Advance Care Planning National Advisory Service on 1300 208 582 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm).

More Information:

Caring for People at End of Life - Report 
More about Advance Care Planning - NBMPHN Website
Advance Care Planning Australia - Website
NSW Ambulance Authorised Care Plans - Templates

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