What is the Advance Project?
The Advance Project is a practical, evidence-based toolkit of screening and assessment tools, and a training package. It has been specifically designed to support Australian general practices to implement a team-based approach to initiating advance care planning and palliative care into everyday clinical practice.
The Advance Project Toolkit was informed by a literature review of the best available evidence about tools to support palliative care and advance care planning in general practice, as well as through input from an expert advisory group and feedback from general practice nurses, general practitioners and Carers Australia.
The Advance Project eLearning module for general practitioners has been accredited by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
The Advance Project eLearning modules for general practice nurses have been endorsed by the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) according to approved quality standards criteria.
Who is it for?
- Registered and enrolled nurses who are currently working in Australian general practices
- General practitioners currently working in Australia
- Practice managers of Australian general practices
What is the aim of the Advance Project?
The Advance Project aims to enable better health care outcomes in Australian general practices through:
- enabling earlier consideration and uptake of advance care planning
- enabling more efficient use of general practitioner and nurse time in providing palliative and supportive care
- enabling more appropriate and timely referrals to specialist palliative care services if required
- increasing confidence and comfort levels for primary care clinicians to initiate conversations with patients and their carers about advance care planning and palliative/supportive care
- upskilling general practice managers to support general practitioners and general practice nurses to overcome any barriers to successful implementation of the Advance Project tools and resources into routine practice.
What are the benefits of the Advance Project for general practice?
The team-based approach to initiating advance care planning and palliative care that is promoted by the Advance Project will help to break down some of the barriers to advance care planning in general practice. It will also enable the practice to more efficiently:
- identify patients who might be at risk of deteriorating and dying
- assess and address the supportive care needs of patients who might be at risk of deteriorating and dying
- assess and address the needs of carers of patients who might be at risk of deteriorating and dying
- identify patients who might benefit from early referral to specialist palliative care services.
If you would like more information, or to register for the Advance Project, please visit: www.theadvanceproject.com.au
Last updated 19 October 2018