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    COVID-19: resources for general practitioners

    General practitioners may want to support their patients to do advance care planning during COVID-19. This factsheet outlines the priorities and information resources to support general practices.

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    COVID-19: is it time for Australians to make future medical decisions?

    National Advance Care Planning Week kicks off today encouraging Australians to plan their future care. But it prompts the questions - what does this mean in a time of COVID-19 and is now the right time?

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    COVID-19: Advice for aged care providers

    Advance Care Planning Australia is urging aged care providers to include advance care planning in their preparations for COVID-19.

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    COVID-19: Advice for medical and healthcare providers

    Advance Care Planning Australia is urging medical and healthcare professionals to include advance care planning in their preparations for COVID-19.

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    COVID-19: Medical experts urge planning not panic

    As Australia prepares itself for the impact of COVID-19, medical experts are urging people to plan for a scenario where they become suddenly unwell, by clarifying their preferred medical treatment and the person they wish to make their decisions.

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    People living with dementia urged to plan early to maintain choice and control

    People in the earlier stages of dementia are being urged by experts to make a plan for their future medical treatment so they can continue to have a choice in the care that they receive.

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    ACPA and Dementia Australia Position Statement: Advance Care Directives for people with dementia

    Advance care planning is relevant to all adults, but particularly people living with dementia. It can help people living with dementia to plan for the future of their care, at a point at which they are still able to make independent or supported decisions.

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    Love is not enough for end-of-life decisions

    Advance Care Planning Australia has launched a ground breaking new video, challenging the commonly held perception that a loving relationship is all you need to ensure your end-of life wishes will be met.

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    End-of-life care risk for aged care

    Almost half of all of Advance Care Directives (ACDs) audited in Australian residential aged care facilities were found to be invalid following a nation-wide study.

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    ACPA Position Statement: ACDs within community and residential aged care

    Despite comprehensive legislation, policy, forms, resources and guidelines, there is limited awareness and uptake of advance care planning across Australia. There are issues with the accuracy, currency and validity of advance care directives, particularly within aged care.

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    Deep conflict for doctors when following patient directives

    New research by Advance Care Planning Australian has shed light on why doctors sometimes struggle to comply with patient choices documented in Advance Care Directives.

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    ACPA Consultation Paper: advance care directives within community and residential aged care

    Advance Care Planning Australia has developed a consultation paper outlining our stance on how advance care planning can best be optimised in aged care and invite your feedback. The paper highlights existing shortcomings and potential risks in current practice and identifies opportunities to improve access to quality advance care planning, as well as increasing workforce capability and legal compliance. We invite aged care providers and stakeholders to provide feedback.

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    Supporting aged care with advance care planning education

    The landscape for aged care and end-of-life care continues to shift in Australia, with the impact of an ageing population and as community attitudes and expectation towards ageing and person-centred care evolve.

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    Advance Care Planning Seminar kicks off in Melbourne

    More than 200 health care leaders across Victoria met today at the Victorian Advance Care Planning Seminar at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.

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    Volunteers helping Australians plan their future health care

    Advance Care Planning Australia has welcomed National Volunteer Week’s 2019 theme, Making a World of Difference, taking the opportunity to acknowledge the nation-wide impact of their small but mighty volunteer team of 12.

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    Radio National Life Matters talks ACP with Dr Chris Moy

    Life Matters' host, Hilary Harper is joined by Dr Chris Moy, a General Practitioner and ambassador for National Advance Care Planning Week and Julie Cheney who shares her personal experience about making tough medical decisions for her husband.

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    Thousands of tough talks kick off across Australia this week

    This week thousands of Australians will start conversations they might otherwise prefer to avoid – getting older and planning for a time when they are unable to make their own medical decisions.

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    My Health Record best place for Advance Care Directives

    With National Advance Care Planning Week occurring 1-5 April, medical leaders are reminding Australians to make sure their future health care preferences are uploaded to My Health Record, where they can be easily accessed when needed.

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    Most older Australians unprepared for end-of-life decisions

    Landmark study reveals that 70% of older Australians are without an Advance Care Directive, leaving no instructions in the event that they’re unable to make their own medical decisions.

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    Dementia carers unprepared and distressed by end-of-life decisions

    New international research from Advance Care Planning Australia reveals that dementia carers need more support and guidance to navigate end-of-life care for their loved one.

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    How well prepared are health professionals to have tough conversations that matter?

    Increasingly, the health professionals I meet understand the importance of advance care planning in supporting patient-centred care. However many of them express that they need more training and support to improve their skills and confidence in handling these robust conversations.

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    CALD resources improve access to advance care planning

    Coinciding with Multicultural Health Week, we've released a suite of translated resources to support Australia’s non-English speaking communities and empower them to take active control of their future health care.

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    More Australians seeking advance care planning advice

    With people living longer and increasingly with complex health concerns, there’s growing public interest in advance care planning. More and more people have questions about how they can ensure their preferences are heard and respected.

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    Applications open for 2018 National Advance Care Directive Prevalence Study

    Are older Australians receiving the medical care that they want, and how well does their care align with their personal values and preferences? To help answer this question, researchers are looking for health care organisations to take part in a ground-breaking study about Advance Care Directives in health care services.

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    Advance Care Planning Australia wins 2018 Muse Creative Award

    Out of more than 2,000 submissions from 40 countries, Advance Care Planning Australia has won Gold recognition in the 2018 Muse Creative Awards competition. The winning animated video series was created by acclaimed production studio, Creativa.

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    Landmark publication provides advance care planning road map 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.

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    Advance care planning should be a priority for all Australians

    Palliative Care Australia in partnership with Advance Care Planning Australia has released its updated advance care planning policy statement to celebrate the inaugural National Advance Care Planning Week 16-22 April.

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    First conversation kicks off: National Advance Care Planning Week

    Community members and health care sector leaders today are attending an event at Eastern Health’s Box Hill Hospital to launch National Advance Care Planning Week and urging Australians to make their future health care wishes known.

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    National effort to start an important conversation

    Health sector leaders from across Australia have joined forces to promote awareness of the inaugural National Advance Care Planning Week.

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    Prominent seniors’ advocate joins as National Advance Care Planning Week ambassador

    Advance Care Planning Australia is delighted to announce Chief Advocate for National Seniors Australia, Ian Henschke as an ambassador for National Advance Care Planning Week, April 16-22.

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    Dementia Australia CEO discusses the benefits of planning ahead

    Dementia Australia is a strong supporter and advocate of advance care planning. We spoke with Dementia Australia’s CEO, Maree McCabe, about how advance care planning can help people diagnosed with dementia.

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    Dr Karen Detering talks about advance care planning on Voice FM

    Advance Care Planning Australia's Medical Director Karen Detering chats to Anne Wood on Voice FM Ballarat to talk about advance care planning and National Advance Care Planning Week.

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    Dr Karen Detering talks about advance care planning on TSIMA Radio 4MW

    Advance Care Planning Australia's Medical Director Karen Detering appeared on TSIMA Radio 4MW to talk about advance care planning and National Advance Care Planning Week.

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    Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016

    A collection of resources for health professionals to help you understand changes in advance care planning coming in March with the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016.

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    Planning for end-of-life care

    Medical Director Karen Detering speaks with Rev Bill Crews about how to ensure that you get the health care you want at the end of your life.

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    Do-not-resuscitate tattoos: Will a doctor follow one?

    In December, the story of a man with a "Do not resuscitate" tattoo on his chest went viral. Our Medical Director Karen Detering spoke with James Bullen at ABC RN Health Report to discuss a better way to make your treatment preferences known.

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    National Advance Care Planning Week

    If you were unable to speak for yourself, who would speak for you? And what health care decisions would you want them to make? Between 16-22 April, Australians are encouraged to consider these questions and discuss their future healthcare preferences with their loved ones.

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    Support your patients with advance care planning

    Dr Karen Detering asks GPs to leverage their ongoing and trusted relationships with their patients and start the conversations on advance care planning.

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    Preparing for ageing in the LGBTI community

    Medical Director Karen Detering appeared on JOY 94.9's The Deep End. In the episode "Preparing for ageing", Karen talked about role of advance care planning in the lives of LGBTI people.

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    A new direction for Decision Assist

    The Decision Assist program and website will no longer be supported after 31 December 2017, when new programs funded under the Australian Government National Palliative Care Projects grants initiative come into effect.

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    Australian Government announces new funding for advance care planning

    The Australian Government has announced that they will provide more than $60 million for new projects to improve palliative and end-of-life care, including advance care planning initiatives.

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    ACPA at the 6th International Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care

    Photos, presentations, and posters from ACPA at ACPEL.

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    2017 Advance Care Planning Australia and Decision Assist conference appearances

    The Advance Care Planning Australia and Decision Assist teams will be exhibiting or presenting at the following conferences.

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    New advance care planning learning modules for aged care workers and health professionals

    Decision Assist and Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) have a brand new integrated online learning space with up-to-date resources and training tools to support best practice in advance care planning.

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