Your choice. Now and Always.
ACP Week, 21-27 March 2022, is the perfect time to attend an event or start a conversation about what’s important to you or to those your care for.
For health and care workers
Advance care planning conversations should be seen as a normal part of life and of a person’s ongoing healthcare plan. These conversations are voluntary. Encourage people to think about their beliefs, values and preferences regarding their current and future health care. Discuss their attitudes, life goals, and acceptable outcomes regarding healthcare treatment options.
Beginning points for advance care planning conversations can include:
- when a person or family member asks about current or future treatment options and goals
- at an age- or condition-related health assessment
- when an older person receives their annual flu vaccination
- when there is a diagnosis of a metastatic malignancy or end organ failure, indicating a poor prognosis
- when there is a diagnosis of early dementia or a disease which could result in loss of capacity
- if you would not be surprised if the person died within twelve months
- if there are changes in care arrangements (for instance, admission to a residential aged care facility)