GP teams and palliative care resources
HealthPathways Melbourne, an initiative of the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN) and North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN), is an online portal designed to be used at the point of care by GP teams working in the northwest and eastern regions of Melbourne. HealthPathways aims to guide best-practice assessment and management of common medical conditions. HealthPathways includes detailed information and links on palliative care (and also advance care planning).
CareSearch is an Australian Government funded online resource designed to help those needing information and resources about palliative care. The dedicated Caresearch website section specifically for GPs has information and resources organised under the following headings:
- Patient assessment
- Planning care
- Clinical Decisions
- The Dying Patient
- Practice Management
- Professional Practice
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Advance Care Planning Position Statement
The RACGP website notes that Advance Care Planning should be incorporated into routine general practice. In addition to the RACGP Position Statement on Advance Care Planning, the RACGP website includes links to further information and resources.
Advance care planning resources for GPs
The care search website includes a section devoted to advance care planning resources for GPs. These inlcude an Advance Care Planning Guide for General Practice; The Advance Care Planning conversation: A 5 Step General Practice Guide; and Frequently Asked Questions for General Practice.
Advance care planning section of Victorian Department of Health website
The advance care planning section of the Victorian Government Department of Health includes links to relevant policies and legislation, best practice guides and advice for clinicians.
HealthPathways Melbourne (for GP teams) including advance care planning pathways
HealthPathways Melbourne, an initiative of the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN) and North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN), is an online portal designed to be used at the point of care by GP teams working in the northwest and eastern regions of Melbourne. HealthPathways aims to guide best-practice assessment and management. HealthPathways includes detailed information and links on advance care planning.
Next Steps. Advance care training videos for doctors (DHHS, Victoria)
Published via links from the Advance care planning resources section of the website of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Next Steps is a series of 13 videos designed to assist doctors in communicating with people about advance care planning. The videos include commentary on some ‘successful’ and ‘unsuccessful’ real-life scenarios, along with a documentation guide.
My Wishes, My Plan, advanced care planning as part of My Health Record of the Australian Digital Health Agency
The Australian Government’s My Health Record is organised under the banner of the Australian Digital Health Agency. It is a personalised online summary of individuals health information, which people can choose to share with doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers. It can include information such as: allergies; current conditions and treatments; medicines; pathology reports or diagnostic imaging scans. Advance care planning documentation can be uploaded to people’s My Health Record.