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Advance Care Planning in End of Life Care$
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Keri Thomas, Ben Lobo, and Karen Detering

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198802136

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198802136.001.0001

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Advance care planning in Australia

Advance care planning in Australia

(p.195) Chapter 18 Advance care planning in Australia
Advance Care Planning in End of Life Care

Karen Detering

Josephine Clayton

Oxford University Press

For some time, there have been significant efforts in Australia aimed at increasing the uptake of advance care planning (ACP) by the population, health care and aged care workers, and health and care systems. This has included the development of a national framework for advance care directives, a national palliative care framework, and some funding to support implementation projects and evaluation of these. Programmes have occurred in hospitals, primary care, aged care services, and in the community. There has also been a focus on education of staff across these settings. Despite this, prevalence of ACP and advance care directives remains low. There remains lack of national legislation regarding advance care directives, and poor understanding of ACP amongst the population and professionals. Much of the early implementation has focused on staff training in facilitating ACP discussion. More recently newer models of ACP implementation are occurring.

Keywords:   Australia, health, care, national framework, education, discussion, implementation, legislation

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