Workshop's advanced care plan

DOCTORS, health care professionals and members of the community are invited to attend a workshop on advanced care planning for the end of life.

Attendees will learn how planning in advance can help address ethical and legal issues and ensure people’s wishes are respected at the end stage of their lives.

The Coffs Harbour workshop will be held at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus on March 29 from 9am to 2.30pm.

The workshop, titled Advance Care Planning – what you don’t know CAN harm you, will be presented by Professor Colleen Cartwright, the director of the ASLaRC Aged Services Unit at Southern Cross University.

The workshops are part of a Continuing Professional Development series hosted by the university, and nurses and other health and allied health professionals can gain four CPD points for attending.

“Planning for times when individuals are unable to speak for themselves because of accident or illness can be a confronting issue, but one that is important to address,” said Prof Cartwright.

“Advance care planning assists people to record their wishes with regards to what medical treatment they want or don’t want to receive in the event of a terminal illness or injury, and to appoint someone to ensure their intentions are respected.

"It is a process that can provide comfort and certainty to patients or aged care facility residents, their families as well as their nurses, GPs and other health care providers.

“I will be explaining in simple terms what the legal requirements are for implementing advance care planning, who has the legal right to make decisions for someone who has not planned in advance, and even clarify what is and isn’t euthanasia.”

Prof Cartwright has extensive experience in aging, ethics and medical decisions at the end-of-life on a national and international level.

She designed the Advance Care Health Directive and Enduring Power of Attorney forms that are part of the Queensland Powers of Attorney Act and has since modified them for use in NSW.

The workshop is $195 early bird registrations; $225 late registrations.

Morning tea and a light lunch are provided.

Inquiries or bookings can be made on 6620 3634 or email

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