Decision Assist

Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Services (Decision Assist Project)

The objectives of the Advisory Services Project are: This Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Services (Decision Assist Project) project is part of a strategic approach to strengthening the interface, and building better health connections, between the health and aged care systems.  The project is funded by the Australian Government.

  • the empowerment of GPs and aged care providers with knowledge of palliative care and advance care planning relevant to their situation;
  • the creation of links between aged care and palliative care; and
  • the provision of advice about palliative care, advance care planning and advance care directives resources, processes, legislation and accountabilities in the state or territory in which the the aged care provider or GP is located.

The project will develop a palliative care and advance care planning advisory service through:

  • telephone based advice available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week through a national 1800 number;
  • web-based resources including tablet and smart phone access; and
  • telehealth advice where required and available.

These services will commence in mid 2014. Other components of work include training and linkage activities.

Members of the consortium undertaking the project are:

  • Austin Health/Advance Care Planning Australia  - Lead Agency
  • Flinders University/CareSearch
  • Palliative Care Australia
  • University of Queensland/Blue Care Research and Practice Development Centre
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine
  • Leading Age Services Australia
  • Aged and Community Services Australia
  • Queensland University of Technology

The project began in June 2013 and will run to end 2017.

You can find out more by visiting the Decision Assist Website.

Last updated 21 July 2017