Adelaide to host advance care planning seminar

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is holding a one-day seminar in Adelaide to help healthcare leaders and practitioners deliver well-coordinated and patient-centred advance care planning in South Australia, on Friday, 7 December, 2018.

ACPA has joined forces with local partners SA Health and Flinders University in hosting the event, which is expected to attract leaders of advance care planning in South Australia and across sectors including primary care, aged care, hospitals and palliative care.

Funded by the Australian Government, ACPA is the national authority on advance care planning. The organisation engages with the general public and supports healthcare professionals to ensure an individual’s values and medical care preferences are heard and respected.

The Adelaide seminar will present both national and local perspectives, covering the legal, ethical and implementation aspects of advance care planning.

Confirmed speakers include Dr Chris Moy, AMA (SA) Vice-President and Ian Henschke, Chief Advocate for National Seniors Australia and Adelaide media identity, among others.

“We’re starting to see progress and growing awareness of the benefits that advance care planning can provide. However advance care planning is still not well understood by the public. With people living longer and often with chronic and progressive illness, the health sector has an important role to play in both educating and empowering people to take control of their future health care,” says Dr Karen Detering.

“Healthcare providers need greater support and education to ensure more South Australians receive care that aligns with their personal values and preferences. We welcome this opportunity to share knowledge and expertise in this growing field,”

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