Position paper: Advance care planning and end-of-life decision making

Nov 26, 2015

Avant has released a position paper supporting a nationally consistent approach to advance care planning and end-of-life decision-making.

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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’s position

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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For questions and comments, please contact: advocacy@avant.org.au

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