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Advance care planning for general practice

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
1 hr

This activity is designed to assist GPs in identifying patients for whom ACP would be appropriate and implementing it with these patients. It also aims to clarify state and territory differences in terminology and law to avoid confusion, which could potentially undermine your practice's confidence in implementing ACP processes.

Relevance to General Practice

Advance care planning (ACP) allows competent patients to express their wishes for future health care and medical treatment in case of loss of capacity. Not only does it give the patient peace of mind, but it takes the decision-making burden from healthcare professionals and family members at a difficult time.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) believes that general practitioners (GPs) are well positioned to initiate and promote ACP due to the ongoing and trusted relationships they build with their patients. The RACGP would like to see ACP incorporated into routine general practice.

Learning outcomes
  • Develop a systematic process within your general practice to identify patients who might benefit from advance care planning.
  • Explain what advance care planning is and the principles behind it.
  • Identify at least three patient types who might benefit from advance care planning.
  • Develop two strategies for introducing the topic to patients.
  • Outline the criteria that determine a patient’s mental capacity to execute an advance care directive.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Effective communication is used in challenging situations

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Comprehensive and holistic management plans are developed collaboratively

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Adherence to relevant codes and standards of ethical and professional behaviour

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    • Patient confidentiality is managed appropriately

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Care of older people
    • Residential care
    • Oncology and palliative care
    • Psychological health


    Advance care planning for general practice
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    1 hr
    Start Date
    End Date
    CPD Points
    2 cpd