The Department of Health has been working with the Australian Digital Health Agency aiming to increase the use of Advance Care Planning (ACP) documents and Goals of Patient Care (GoPC) clinical documents in the My Health Record (MHR) system to improve the availability of these documents at point of care.
Selected WA hospitals are now uploading the BOSSnet GoPC and the Non-BOSSnet iCM GoPC eForm to My Health Record. These documents can only be uploaded to My Health Record with the patient’s consent. Storing GoPC documents in MHR allows other health care professionals (including General Practitioners and private providers) to understand the types of discussions that have occurred between the patient and their healthcare team about their goals of care and treatment preferences. This can then be used to prompt discussions with other people involved in their care.
Additional hospitals in WA will be able to upload GoPC clinical documents to My Health Record in the second half of 2021.
Advance Care Planning
TRACS WA has been involved in WA Health’s strategy for Advance Care Planning education and awareness raising. One of the key aims is a workforce skilled in communication to support ACP discussions and care decisions. This is an ongoing strategy with some resources aligned.
Watch this space for further training opportunities, and check out the WA health resources page Advance Care Planning – training and resources and PaSCE - Palliative and Supportive Care Education - Cancer Council West training opportunities
Voluntary Assisted Dying
As of 1 July 2021, voluntary assisted dying is a choice available to eligible people under the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019. Voluntary assisted dying involves a process to access medication and to enable a person to legally choose the manner and timing of their death. Put simply, voluntary assisted dying means that some adults can now ask for medical help to end their life if they have a disease or illness that is so severe it is going to cause their death and their suffering cannot be relieved in a manner tolerable to them.
The term ‘voluntary assisted dying’ emphasises the voluntary nature of the choice of the person and their enduring capacity to make this decision
VAD discussions can only be initiated by the person or an eligible doctor. You can provide information if they request or answer questions if you are comfortable
Health Professionals should familiarise themselves with requirements of the Act.
A Navigator service is available to answer questions and queries. They can be contacted by email and phone during standard work hours (8:30 am – 5:00 pm).
Phone: (08) 9431 2755