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National Advance Care Planning Week

12 March 2020

Did you know less than 15% of Australian’s have documented their preferences in an Advance Care Directive?

Advance care planning can reduce a family’s stress as they are more likely to be comfortable with their loved ones care. National Advance Care Planning Week is from Monday 23 - Friday 27 March encourages people to discuss what living well means and to consider who they would want to speak for them, if they were too sick to speak for themselves.

There are many tools and resources available to help general practices and patients to start the planning process: 

  • Advance Care Planning Australia recently launched a new consumer video Love Is Not Enough to help stimulate advance care discussions with loved ones
  • The Advance Project provides access to free online training and resources for GPs, practices nurses and practice managers through a team based approach to advance care planning and palliative & supportive care.
  • NSW Ambulance are preparing for the Easter public holidays by encouraging the completion of a NSW Ambulance Authorised Care Plans. An Authorised Care Plan allows GPs to provide direction for patient treatment by NSW Ambulance paramedics. The cut-off date for processing plans is Friday 3rd April 2020. Please find details of changes to processing of NSW Ambulance Authorised Care Plans which will take effect 30th March 2020.

  • ELDAC have a number of strategies and considerations to foster culturally safe and responsive aged care environments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and residents.
  • Dying to Talk also have a ‘Discussion Starter for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’ to guide you through the discussion to help family members make decisions if your patient becomes sick.
  • National Palliative Care Services Directory provides information about specialist palliative care services and providers and services that provide general palliative care such as general practices and allied health. You can register your service by completing the online form.
  • A range of local supports and services available in the Nepean Blue Mountains region around end of life care can be found on our new directory www.myhealthconnector.com.au.