Apply to be part of the Prevalence Study 2018

2018 applications are opening soon!

The National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study involves an audit of health records of people aged 65 and older to determine the prevalence of Advance Care Directives and other advance care planning documentation in selected general practices, hospitals and residential aged care facilities.

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About the study

The National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study provides essential information and data regarding 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.

Organisations will benefit from:

  • 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 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 organisations are recording and storing Advance Care Directives.
  • The opportunity to learn more about how organisations can improve their delivery of advance care planning and therefore, to improve the likelihood that a person’s preferences will be known and adhered to if they can no longer speak for themselves.

Questions and further information

If you have questions relating to the National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study, please contact us.

Archived resources

More information on the Prevalence Study

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