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Live for today, but plan for tomorrow: Removing the stigma of talking about death

16 April 2018

A report into End-of-Life Care has revealed that despite most people’s wish to die at home, the majority end up dying in hospital, emergency rooms or ambulances because they do not have an Advance Care Plan. Making an Advance Care Plan lets you say what you would want, if you are ever unable to communicate for yourself.

The report, Caring for People at End of Life, commissioned by Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN), was conducted to understand the current use and effectiveness of Advance Care Planning* and to help identify the future planning needs for End-of-Life Care services in the region.

 A key finding was that End-of-Life Care discussions are happening in a time of crisis. It found that appropriate and timely use of Advance Care Planning would ensure that people’s wishes and preferences for the end of their life were recorded and respected, potentially improving the end of life experience for both patients and their families. This planning would support better decision-making, realistic planning, and help families and carers manage the dying experience more positively.

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