Dying to Know Day is on 8 August and is a timely reminder of the integral role General Practitioners play in promoting and facilitating advance care planning. GPs with their understanding of patients’ health and needs, are uniquely positioned to support individuals through the planning process, address challenging issues, and provide valuable information on health, prognosis, and future treatment options.
The often-long-term relationship between a GP and their patient creates an excellent opportunity for early engagement in advance care planning. This proactive approach can be introduced in general practice through various avenues such as:
Advance care planning can be introduced in general practice through:
To support these important conversations with your patients, GCPHN has developed an Advance Care Planning consumer resource. This resource will aid you in fostering productive discussions about advance care planning. To access the resource and order copies, please visit: https://gcphn.org.au/patient-care/advance-care-planning/advanced-care-planning/#patient-booklet-planning-your-future-care-today