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Advnce Care Planning

Banksia Palliative Care Service Inc.

Advance Care Planning

The Banksia team also supports Advance Care Planning (ACP) discussions to ensure that client’s wishes and preferences are known should the situation arise when they are unable to speak for themselves.

Advance Care Planning is particularly important for people who are older and are frail, or people who have a chronic illness, multiple diseases, an early cognitive impairment, or are approaching their end of life.

An Advance Care Plan may involve appointing a Medical Treatment Decision Maker (MTDM) and completing an Advance Care Directive (ACD). An ACD answers the question, ‘What would I want to happen if I couldn’t speak for myself?’  It can also provide reassurance that, should the situation arise, loved ones will know wishes and how to speak and act on behalf of their loved one.

Banksia Palliative Care Social Workers can:

  • Discuss Advance Care Planning with clients and their families/carers.
  • Provide information regarding what to consider when appointing a Medical Treatment Decision Maker.
  • Assist clients to work out what is important to them to be included in ACD.
  • Facilitate a session with clients to complete the ACD documentation.

For more information please visit Advance Care Planning Australia, click here. 

Our services are provided at no cost to our clients and their carers.


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ACPI Toolkit Overview

The development of the Advance Care Planning Improvement (ACPI) Toolkit was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, and delivered by Advance Care Planning Australia.

The ACPI Toolkit was developed to support the uptake and quality of advance care planning and advance care directives across Australia, ensuring that more Australians have choice and control over their future treatment decisions.

The health and aged care workforce and service providers have responsibilities in legislation and common law to implement advance care planning (ACP) and enact Advance Care Directives (ACDs).

The ACPI Toolkit provides health and aged care services with resources to support organisational advance care planning uptake, performance monitoring, and quality improvement. The toolkit complies with the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards and Aged Care Quality Standards.

The ACPI Toolkit has been developed to support health organisations and aged care services:

  • provide consistent ACP assessment tools
  • collect a standardised and robust ACP dataset
  • document and measure the quality of ACP in their healthcare settings

For Banksia clients, please call 9455 0822 if you would like to discuss this with our team.