Advance Care Planning (ACP) is the process of planning for a person's future health and personal care in the event they experience a permanent or temporary lack of decision making capacity.
ACP offers people the opportunity to discuss the choices for their future healthcare with family members, carers, friends and health professionals. Having an ACP in place provides a pathway for health professionals and carers to offer quality care in line with the person’s wishes.
Capital Health Network, in partnership with the Respecting Patient Choices® team from ACT Health, have developed a communication campaign – Be My Voice - to increase community awareness and uptake of ACP’s within the ACT.
The Be My Voice campaign includes a television advertisement, print and social media and a website to encourage families and friends to initiate conversations with their loved ones about their values and wishes around future healthcare. The website, bemyvoice.com.au, provides general information for consumers and health care providers and offers a platform for individuals to work independently through the process of developing their own advance care plan. All information provided is ACT specific.
CHN is committed to increasing the uptake of advance care planning in the ACT by providing educational forums for GP’s, practice nurses, allied health professionals and Residential Aged Care Facility staff. CHN has funded community outreach sessions through Respecting Patient Choices ACT to assist local people to complete an advance care plan.
- Be My Voice – A local website for consumers and health professionals about Advance Care Planning and the steps required within the ACT.
- RACGP Position Statement on Advance Care Planning.
- RACGP on line education activity 2 CPD points This 60-minute online activity is designed to assist GPs in identifying patients for whom ACP would be appropriate and implementing it with these patients. It also aims to clarify state and territory differences in terminology and law to avoid confusion, which could potentially undermine your practice's confidence in implementing ACP processes.
- Decision Assist this program is funded by the Australian Government and aims to build capacity, linkages and access to palliative care and advance care planning services by providing support and education to GPs and aged care staff.
- CALL- 1300 668 908 – 7 days per week, from 8 am until 8 pm
- Speak directly to a ACP expert
- Access specialised information and support relevant to each state or territory
- Gain access to evidence based resources, support and mentoring, as well as education and referral to appropriate support services as required.
- Costs the same as a local call.
- More information can be found at www.decisionassist.org.au
- Advance Care Planning Australia - The Respecting patient Choices® (RPC) program provides a quality assured system of discussing, recording and documenting a patient’s preferences for their future healthcare, in preparation for a time when they might not be able to competently contribute to their end-of-life decisions. It is frequently (but not always) about end-of-life medical treatment. The guiding principle of the RPC Program is: “If your choices for future healthcare are known, they can be respected”.
- Located at The Canberra Hospital ,the Respecting Patient Choices(RPC) unit have trained facilitators to assist with documenting ACP.
Facilitator training and support is available.
RPC can be contacted on 6244 3344 or rpc [at] act.gov.au.
- Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA) information is concise in the Power to choose booklet found on the ACT Public Advocate website.
- Start2talk.org.au An Alzheimer’s Australia national initiative- a practical website to help people and their families plan ahead for their future financial and healthcare decisions.