Advance Care Planning - Information for health service organisations
Health service organisations are required to develop and implement systems and processes that support patient-clinician discussions about the patient’s preferences for care in the future, to document advance care plans, and to act on advance care plans as part of comprehensive care delivery and for the NSQHS Standards.
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Advance care planning is a process of discussing, determining and documenting a person’s preferences for their future care in the event they become unable to make and communicate decisions about their care. Advance care planning is commonly associated with end-of-life care, however, it is also useful for patients with physical, or cognitive impairment or mental illness which could affect their capacity for decision making.