Position paper: Advance care planning and end-of-life decision making
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Avant has released a position paper supporting a nationally consistent approach to advance care planning and end-of-life decision-making.
Avant is concerned that the complex and varied legal requirements around Australia impacts upon the advance care planning process and exposes practitioners to medico-legal risk. In our experience, many practitioners still do not completely understand their legal obligations surrounding this aspect of end-of-life decision-making.
Avant calls for:
- harmonisation of relevant legislation relating to advance care directives (ACDs), and substitute decision-making as a priority
- continued and further education for medical practitioners about the issues, process and legal requirements in the jurisdictions in which they practise
- continued and appropriate funding to support the process of advance care planning.
- Avant supports the promotion of wellbeing of practitioners dealing with this emotionally fraught area in managing patient death and end of life care decision-making.
- Avant’s submission to the Legal and Social Issues Committee Inquiry into End of Life Choices (Vic)
- Avant’s submission to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care's consultation on the draft National Consensus Statement on end of life care in acute hospitals
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