Apply to be part of the Prevalence Study 2018

Applications now open

Would you like to play a part in pioneering research?

Applications are now open for the 2018 National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study.

Advance Care Planning Australia is inviting accredited general practices, hospitals and residential aged care facilities to apply to participate in this year’s study.

The National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study involves an audit of the health records of people aged 65 years and over to determine the prevalence, characteristics and accessibility of Advance Care Directives and other advance care planning documentation in Australian health and residential aged care services.

The study also aims to evaluate the consistency between medically-driven care plans and preferences for care specified by the person in their advance care planning documentation.

This project will appeal to organisations that want to contribute to groundbreaking research and have an interest in improving the quality of their advance care planning recording and documentation.

We’ve made it easy to apply to take part in this year’s study. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions and Application Guidelines for detailed information regarding the application process.

Applications are open now and close at midnight AEST on Thursday 26 July 2018.

Benefits of participation

Participating sites will receive a number of benefits from their involvement in the study, including:

  • Baseline data on the proportion of people within your service who have an Advance Care Directive at the time of the audit.
  • An individualised, de-identified report detailing how your organisation compares to other organisations across Australia with regards to prevalence of Advance Care Directives.
  • The opportunity to use this study as part of quality improvement and accreditation standards.
  • A training and resources package and ongoing support to ensure that all staff members involved in the study are upskilled in their knowledge and awareness of advance care planning.
  • Feedback on how well your organisation is recording and storing Advance Care Directives.
  • The opportunity to learn more about how your organisation can improve your delivery of advance care planning and therefore, to improve the likelihood that the preferences of people accessing your service will be known and followed if they can no longer speak for themselves.