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Advance Care Planning

Bendigo Health Advance Care Planning Program

Bendigo Health is committed to implementing an Advance Care Planning Program piloting it in ICU, GEM / hospice, HARP, TCP and the Medical Unit. The program will be based on the successful Respecting Patient Choices (RPC) Program which provides a quality-assured system of discussing, recording and documenting a patient’s preferences for their future healthcare, in preparation for a time when they might not be able to competently contribute to their end of life decisions.
 
Training in the RPC Program enables doctors, nurses and allied health workers to discuss ACP helpfully and sensitively with patients and their families.
The guiding principle of the RPC Program is: “If your choices for future healthcare are known, they can be respected”.
 
The pilot areas are providing a range of patient education and may be advising the patients to discuss this further with their GP.
 
A new National Advance Care Planning website has recently been launched and the direct link to the website is:
http://advancecareplanning.org.au
 
Bendigo Health has also employed an Advance Care Planning Coordinator who is available to answer any questions:
 e: acp@bendigohealth.org.au p: 5454 6386  m: 0427 878 219

 
 
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