Advance care planning (ACP) is a process of discussion and shared planning for future health care, involving both the person (and family) and their health care professionals.
ACP focuses on the individual and provides each person the opportunity to develop and express their preferences for care. It includes their personal beliefs and values, and explores their understanding of their current and anticipated future health status and the treatment and care options available.
Victoria's advance care planning strategy, Advance care planning: have the conversation - a strategy for Victorian health services 2014 - 2018, aims to increase opportunities for people to develop advance care plans and for these to be activated.
Associate Professor Charlie Corke, Intensive Care Specialist at Barwon Health explains the importance of Advance Care Planning in this short video.
The SBS Insight program hosted an episode on ACP 'Do Not Resuscitate', featuring local GP, Dr Ric Milner, A/Prof Charlie Corke and local patient Monica Hayes.
Please see Advance Care Planning on the HealthPathways website for more information. HealthPathways has been developed for use by health professionals.
For HealthPathways access or for further information, contact the HealthPathways team via email or call 03 5222 0800.
Ballarat Health Services
Once an individual gives permission to share an advance care plan:
- Fax it to Ballarat Health Services Advance Care Planning Coordinator on 5320 6493
- Attach the patient's medical record
- Mark the document: Advance Care Plan for filing in Alerts
- Ensure the patient's full name, date of birth, address, BHS Ur number (if known) and a telephone contact number for the patient is included.
Western Victoria Primary Health Network is collaborating with Barwon Health to promote Advance Care Planning (ACP) awareness in general practice. The Advance Care Planning program at Barwon Health promotes an individual's understanding about their future treatment options and assists individuals to document their wishes and preferences in an Advance Care Plan. To find out more contact Barwon Health by email or phone 1300 715 673.
Advance Care Planning Australia
Advance Care Planning Australia is a national program that provides information and resources to individuals, care workers and healthcare professionals to improve this cooperation. These fact sheets have been developed by Advance Care Planning Australia for various groups in the community.
Fact sheets for health professionals
- Advance care planning and the law: Victoria
- Advance care planning and General Practice
- Advance care planning in general practice: Guidance on the use of Medicare Benefits Schedule Items
Fact sheet for care workers
Fact sheets for individuals and family
Fact sheet for substitute decision makers
Upload Advance Care Plans to My Health Record
Links to Advance Care Planning forms, health services and information on Advance Care Planning in Victoria.
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