Brisbane to host advance care planning seminar

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is holding a one-day seminar in Brisbane to support healthcare leaders and practitioners deliver well-coordinated and patient-centred advance care planning in Queensland, on Friday 30 November, 2018.

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

Advance Care Planning Australia is funded by the Australian Government as 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.

Medical Director of ACPA, Dr Karen Detering is looking forward to sharing the podium with Queensland experts in the field including Professor Liz Reymond, Queensland Health, QUT’s Dr John Rosenberg and Professor Ben White, Director of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research. Speakers will present both national and local perspectives, and cover the legal considerations of advance care planning.

“We’re starting to see progress and growing awareness of the benefits that advance care planning can provide. However advance care planning and the limits of medical intervention are still not widely understood by the community,” says Dr Karen Detering.

“Healthcare providers need more support and education to ensure advance care planning is well-coordinated, delivered respectfully and within legal frameworks. The seminar is a great opportunity to share knowledge and expertise in this growing field, and ensure more Queenslanders are empowered to make their own treatment decisions” commented Professor Patsy Yates.

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