Draft strategies for advance care planning awareness raising, training and education consultation

Closed 23 Oct 2020

Opened 22 Sep 2020

Feedback updated 18 Mar 2021

We asked

The WA Health End-of-Life Care Program released draft high level strategies for Advance Care Planning (ACP) education and awareness raising amongst health professionals and the community for broad consultation in September to October 2020.

The survey asked for input on the comprehensiveness and anticipated effectiveness of the overall approach outlined by the strategies and sought to identify existing education, training and awareness raising initiatives that are of relevance to the strategies.

All members of the WA community were encouraged to have their say, with the invitation to participate circulated amongst a broad range of stakeholders including consumers and carers, community organisations, Government departments/areas, health and allied health professionals, health and legal services, and aged care providers.

You said

Over 75 responses we received to the online survey.

Overall the feedback from the consultation was positive with 77% of respondents indicating they agreed/ strongly agreed that the strategies:

  • were easy to understand
  • outline an appropriate approach for advance care planning education, training and awareness in WA
  • provide appropriate direction for future advance care planning education, training and awareness in WA.

We did

As a result of the positive feedback, no strategies were removed but the following are some of the changes that were made:

  • More examples of current related activities in WA and Australia were added
  • The target population was clarified for some strategies where it was unclear
  • The need to tailor strategies to populations and provide information in a variety of formats was emphasised
  • The need to recognise existing resources and materials and adopt a coordinated approach where possible was noted
  • A strong emphasis on a collaborative design approach for the development of resources and implementation planning of the strategies was supported
  • The need to recognise the role that different professions play in supporting ACP varies, and education and training should reflect that.

Additional more-detailed feedback has been noted and recorded to inform the implementation phase.

Further background information was added to the document to provide clarity on the purpose, development process, and implementation (i.e. how it should be used and by who). A one-page summary has also been included. The final document is referred to as WA Health’s strategy for Advance Care Planning education and awareness raising: For health professionals and the community.

Overview

Advance care planning (ACP) is an ongoing discussion between you, your loved ones and your health care professionals. It involves learning about the different choices available and choosing the type of medical care that is best for you. An Advance Health Directive (AHD) is a legal document in which you can write what treatments you want or don’t want in specific circumstances.

The End of Life Care (EOLC) Program within the WA Department of Health is developing high level strategies to outline WA’s approach to awareness raising, training and education for health professionals and the community.

The draft strategies have been developed following recommendations from the My Life My Choice Report and a subsequent Ministerial Expert Panel report on Advance Health Directives and aim to enable Western Australians to more effectively engage in advance care planning. 

Why we are consulting

The EOLC Program is seeking input into the draft strategies via the completion of a survey. The survey seeks to gather your feedback on input on the comprehensiveness and anticipated effectiveness of the overall approach outlined by the strategies. The survey also seeks to identify existing education, training and awareness raising initiatives that are of relevance to the strategies.

We encourage all members of the WA community to have their say by completing this online survey. In particular, we are seeking feedback from:

  • those involved in the planning and delivery of education, training and awareness raising of ACP and AHDs
  • health and care providers involved in ACP and AHD development with patients/clients.

The information collected by this survey will inform and guide the finalisation of the strategies and support their implementation across the State.

If you are not familiar with the topic, we encourage you to find out more about advance care planning or AHDs in the links.

About the survey

The survey is expected to take about 20 minutes to complete. All responses to this survey will remain private and confidential.

Before commencing this survey, please ensure you have downloaded the draft strategies (see ‘Related Documents’ below survey link) and have it available to refer to.

You may exit the survey at any time and can save your progress by providing your email address. Please note that your results will not be submitted, if you do not press "submit" at the end of the survey. 

To begin the survey, click on the 'Online Survey' link below.

If you have any queries, please email the EOLC Program at acp@health.wa.gov.au or phone 9222 2300.

Audiences

  • Students
  • WA Health services and staff
  • State government agencies
  • Non-government organisations
  • Peak bodies and associations
  • Local governments
  • Research institutions
  • Universities
  • Contracted service providers
  • Aboriginal health
  • Health professionals
  • Health workforce
  • Primary Care
  • Researchers
  • Policy
  • Planning
  • Consumers
  • Carers
  • Health Service Providers
  • WA Health

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