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Advance Care Planning


Advance Care Planning

The Advance Care Planning resources contained in the below drop-down menu are available to assist health professionals with accessing services, current evidence-based information or best practice guidelines to support patients in Advance Care Planning.

​Advance Care Planning (ACP) has been defined as:
"... a process enabling a patient to express wishes about his or her future health care in consultation with their health care providers, family members and other important people in their lives. Based on the ethical principle of patient autonomy and the legal doctrine of patient consent, advance care planning helps to ensure that the concept of consent is respected if the patient becomes incapable of participating in treatment decisions." (Singer, Robertson, Roy 1996)
The advance care planning process can include:
  • discussing and deciding future health and personal care choices
  • discussing views, values and beliefs
  • individuals documenting their choices and substitute decision-maker(s) in an advance health directive, enduring power of attorney or Statement of Choices
  • medical officers documenting clinical recommendations regarding resuscitation
  • providing copies of the documents to substitute decision-maker(s), carers, family, GP and any other healthcare providers as appropriate
  • reviewing decisions
  • updating legal documents.
As a part of the End of Life Strategy, Qld Health recognises the pivotal role of individuals being empowered to undertake Advance Care Planning and to make informed decisions about their own healthcare, and the role of all health professionals in the identification of patient needs and supporting the delivery of high-quality end-of-life care.
This will ensure that everyone is included in the efforts to improve care at the end of life for residents of the Gold Coast.

Advance care planning is routine care

Advance Care Planning Australia provides information and resources for for Health and Care workers on their website and also provides forms for decision makers in a state-by-state format as they can vary between states and territories.
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