Advance care planning is an important part of COVID-19 healthcare planning

ACPA COVID-19 healthcare planning

Advance care planning is an important part of Australia’s COVID-19 healthcare planning. The Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza 2019 cites the importance of Advance Care Directives as part of a coordinated response. However, current research demonstrates that only 25% of older Australians aged 65+ years have documented their preferences in an Advance Care Directive. Despite this, individuals often report benefits in doing advance care planning.

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) provides the following advice to healthcare providers and sectors across Australia. This information is likely to be updated regularly so please return to this page for the latest information.

Further national advance care planning advice is available via the National Advisory Services 1300 208 582, 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday (AEST) and/or ACPA Learning hub.

COVID-19 Webinars

Please see below information regarding upcoming live COVID-19 webinars being delivered by Advance Care Planning Australia via Zoom, bringing together a range of panelists to discuss the following topics in the context of each of the three health provider groups:

  • Advance care planning priorities and actions required in the context of COVID-19
  • Roles and responsibilites of the workforce in advance care planning during COVID-19
  • ACPA resources available for consumers, staff and service providers.

17 April – Healthcare & Hospital Services Professionals

23 April – Aged Care Professionals

28 April – General Practitioners