Respecting Patient Choices

The Respecting Patient Choices (RPC) advance care planning program is based on the Respecting Choices® program first developed by Gunderson Lutheran Medical Foundation in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA. RPC was introduced into Austin Health (Melbourne, Victoria) as a pilot program supported by the National Institute of Clinical Studies, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. The program has subsequently been extended to further areas within Austin Health, residential aged care facilities in both rural and metropolitan areas, Divisions of General Practice and several interstate health services.

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Gold Standards Framework

The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) is a systematic evidence based approach to optimising the care for patients nearing the end of life delivered by generalist providers. It is concerned with helping people to live well until the end of life and includes care in the final years of life for people with any end stage illness in any setting.

The National GSF Centre CIC is the national training and coordinating centre for all programmes, enabling generalist frontline staff to provide quality care for people nearing the end of life, whatever their illness, wherever the setting. It aims to support best implementation of GSF in all settings, using a common framework and toolkit of resources.

GSF improves the quality, coordination and organisation of care in primary care, care homes and acute hospitals. This enables more patients to receive the type of care they want, in their preferred place, with greater cost efficiency through reduced hospitalisation.

End of Life Journal

The free online journal for nurses caring for dying people at home, in hospitals and care homes.

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