Avant has released a position
paper supporting a nationally consistent approach to advance care planning and
copy of position paper
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.
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