What our Panel said about advance care planning... March 2017

This month, our survey focused on advance care planning, with all panel members (100%) reporting that it was ‘very important’ for them to be involved in decisions around the management of their health care.

Interestingly though, only 31% of people who responded have an advance care plan for themselves or the person they care for.

The vast majority of people (81%) have not discussed an advance care plan with their GP and of those who had (29%), they said they had initiated the conversation themselves.

This suggests that there is an opportunity to educate the general public about the process and value of creating an advanced care plan. There is also work to be done with general practices to consider initiating discussion about advance care planning as part of everyday practice.

To find out more about Advance Care Planning go to www.advancecareplanning.org.au/