A new direction for Decision Assist

Carer helping senior woman on walking aide at a park

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.

The Australian Government has announced that they will provide more than $60 million for a variety of new projects to improve palliative and end-of-life care, including $4.1 million to advance care planning initiatives led by Advance Care Planning Australia based at Austin Health.

The funding will go towards advance care planning collaboration, strengthening training and education, and enhancing research and prevalence data. Advance care planning initiatives include:

  • Delivering seminars across all jurisdictions over the three years
  • Enhance the Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) website
  • Implement a new national advance care planning week
  • Enhance the national advance care planning advisory service
  • Deliver online education modules, facilitator and participant training manuals, curricula for universities and a competency framework
  • Implement a new volunteer education program
  • Investigate the preferences and requirements for substitute decision-makers
  • Collect and report on a national advance care planning prevalence dataset.

The Decision Assist program for palliative care and advance care planning support for aged care will be complete its work in the next few months. A new project End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC), led by a consortium that includes Queensland University of Technology, Flinders University and University of Technology Sydney, along with partners Palliative Care Australia, Aged & Community Services Australia, Leading Age Services Australia, Australian Health Care and Hospitals Association and Catholic Health Australia is being set up.

The ELDAC project will build on existing work and resources, using the evidence developed for palliAGED and the expertise and resources of Advance Care Planning Australia.

The Decision Assist website and resources will remain available until content can be integrated into the ACPA website at advancecareplanning.org.au

More details on the end-of-life projects to share in the $60 million is available here.