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165749 - End of Life Law for Clinicians

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This educational session will consist of an interactive, case study-based workshop which focuses on key issues of end of life law encountered by General Practitioners in practice. It aims to improve primary health care providers' (specifically GPs) knowledge in end of life law, assist them to support patients (and patient's families) with end of life decision-making, and enhance their confidence to manage legal issues that arise in practice. Topics covered include capacity and consent to medical treatment, withholding and withdrawing treatment, Advance Care Directives, substitute decision making, providing palliative medication, and emergency treatment. The workshop is tailored to reflect ACT and NSW law to ensure relevance to workshop participants.

Relevance to General Practice

General Practitioners have a critical clinical role in end of life care, including undertaking Advance Care Planning (ACP) and coordinating the care of palliative patients and those with chronic and advanced diseases. GPs also play a significant legal role when providing this care, for example, when assessing a patient’s capacity to make treatment decisions; determining who their substitute decision-maker is; or deciding whether to follow a patient’s Advance Care Directive.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain when the legal framework in their State or Territory permits withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from a person without capacity.
  • Recognise when a person will have impaired capacity for decision-making, and when consent to treatment must be sought from a substitute decision-maker.
  • Determine whether a person's Advance Care Directive is legally valid and must be followed.
  • Identify who may act as a substitute decision-maker for a person who has lost capacity, and the decisions they can make.
  • Explain when provision of medication for pain and symptom relief will be lawful, and the doctrine of double effect.
165749 - End of Life Law for Clinicians
2 hours
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