Advance Care Planning Australia’s Medical Director Dr Karen Detering and Program Director Linda Nolte were in Canada last month to attend and present at the 6th International Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care (ACPEL).
The conference was held 6-9 September in Banff, Alberta and attracted over 220 abstracts from people all over the world. This year's theme was 'Conversations Matter'. The conference looked at identifying barriers and facilitators to effective, ongoing conversations; evaluating the quality of programs; and examining the ethical, economic and social implications of advance care planning legislation.
Dr Detering was invited to be among the plenary speakers and gave a presentation on advance care planning in Australia – its development, policy, current initiatives and what the future may hold.
Ms Nolte gave two presentations. In An advance care planning volunteer service: Exploring advance care planning prevalence in the community, Ms Nolte spoke on a study aimed at identifying the prevalence of advance care planning documents in the community and evaluating the acceptability of a volunteer-led community education program.
In Advance care planning: National prevalence in general practice, aged care and hospital – Interim findings / protocol, Ms Nolte spoke on a study aimed at determining the Australian national prevalence of advance care planning and completion of Advance Care Directives (ACDs) in general practice, residential aged care facilities and hospitals. The study also explores people’s self-reported use of advance care planning and views about the process.
‘It's a fantastic international conference here in Banff,’ Ms Nolte said. ‘There have been many exciting presentations on policy implementation, how to really enable advance care planning, development of state-wide indicators, what those with disability think of advance care planning and so much more.’
View and download ACPA's presentations and conference posters below.