Resources and support

As our community ages and experiences multiple health issues, it becomes increasingly important to provide care in line with a person’s wishes.

Aged care workers and general practitioners can provide care that is patient-centred and is delivered in line with a person’s goals, beliefs and preferences – particularly as people age and become more likely to have multiple chronic conditions.

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Effective 12 March 2018

Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016

The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 enshrines advance care directives in law. It goes into effect 12 March 2018. Vist Health.vic for a guide, summary, and FAQ to learn more about the Act.

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Upcoming events

  • Advance Care Planning Australia staff member speaking in front of an audience

    Advance care planning in primary care free education sessions (WA)

    Decision Assist in partnership with Cancer Council WA is offering a series of free education sessions which will improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of those working in primary care to initiate advance care conversations.

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  • Doctor and patient discussing advance care planning.

    Discussing End of Life - Workshops for Nurses, Care Coordinators, GPs and Carers (TAS)

    This workshop, held near Launceston, includes interactive group discussions and practical learning based on case scenarios and having discussions of concerns and wishes for end of life care.

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Linkages project

Decision Assist strengthens partnerships between health and aged care services to improve end-of-life care for older Australians.

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