SWSPHN encourages community and health professionals to document an advance care plan. Having an advance care plan ensures an individual’s healthcare wishes are known if they ever become too unwell to communicate them.
How and when to have a conversation about advance care planning with your patient
GPs and care workers are encouraged to incorporate advance care planning conversations into their routine patients care, ensuring their patients future medical care preferences are available in My Health Record.
The Advance Care Planning website suggests the following triggers and conversation starters
Advance care planning training and education for health professionals
Advance Care Planning Australia offer online courses, workshops, webinars and support resources for GPs and care workers.
The Advance Project has developed resources and training to assist general practices to embed ACP into routine practice.
Community awareness and support
Start your advance care plan
SWSPHN recommends you visit the Advance Care Planning Australia website.
Or call the National Advance Care Planning Support Service on 1300 208 582 for help with creating your plan.
Speak to your GP about your end-of-life wishes
Your GP can help you develop your advance care plan and upload it to My Health Record.
For more information on how a GP can assist help visit the Health Resource Directory website.
Uploading your advance care planning documents to My Health Record
When your advance care plan is available on My Health Record it is immediately accessible to healthcare workers.
Visit the Australian Digital Health Agency website for how to use My Health Record to keep your advance care plan.
Advance Care Plans are not just for old people
Imagine if you end up in hospital unconscious and unable to tell emergency staff your healthcare choices.
It’s not too early to put an advance care plan in place.
Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care information for First Nations:
A Journey into Sorry Business. Sorry Business - palliative care information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders