Advance care planning in Aged Care

Advance care planning in aged care

Advance Care Planning Australia has launched an advance care planning guide for aged care providers – the first of its kind in Australia. The publication, Advance care planning in aged care: A guide to support implementation in community and residential settings, was developed in partnership with the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI).

The guide offers comprehensive information on advance care planning, specific to the aged care sector; from engaging with patients and families, policies and procedures and legal aspects relevant to each state and territory.

The guide used findings from a literature review, a national survey of community and residential aged care providers, a consultation with community and residential aged care staff from four states, and consultations with older people, as well as existing resources produced by Advance Care Planning Australia.

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