Advance care planning is an important part of Australia’s COVID-19 healthcare planning. The Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza 2019 cites the importance of Advance Care Directives as part of a coordinated response. However, current research demonstrates that only 25% of older Australians aged 65+ years have documented their preferences in an Advance Care Directive. Despite this, individuals often report benefits in doing advance care planning.
Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) provides the following advice to healthcare providers and sectors across Australia.
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