GP teams and palliative care resources

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MBS remuneration to support planned palliative care for patients

The North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) has produced a four page guide to Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) remuneration to support planned palliative care patients. It includes separate sections for general practice and residential aged care and is neatly set out in a table format with MBS items and rebate levels. Copies are available within HealthPathways Melbourne, the NWMPHN website or directly here as a pdf file.

Web: MBS remuneration to support planned palliative care for patients by NWMPHN (pdf file)

HealthPathways Melbourne (for GP teams) including palliative care pathway

HealthPathways Melbourne, an initiative of the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN) and North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN), is an online portal designed to be used at the point of care by GP teams working in the northwest and eastern regions of Melbourne. HealthPathways aims to guide best-practice assessment and management of common medical conditions. HealthPathways includes detailed information and links on palliative care (and also advance care planning).

Web: https://melbourne.healthpathways.org.au

Caresearch (Palliative Care Knowledge Network) website section for GPs

CareSearch is an Australian Government funded online resource designed to help those needing information and resources about palliative care. The dedicated Caresearch website section specifically for GPs has information and resources organised under the following headings:

Web: https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/3648/Default.aspx

Decision Assist for GPs including 24/7 Palliative Care Phone Advisory Service for people aged 65+

Decision Assist Phone Advisory Service (covering both palliative care and advance care planning) for GPs and aged care staff

In addition to a range of palliative care and advance care planning resources and training for GPs, the Australian Government funded Decision Assist project provides a 24 hr phone advisory service regarding palliative care (and a separate advisory service via the same phone number for advance care planning). Phone 1300 668 908.

Web: https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/3104/Default.aspx

Specialist Palliative Care Services Quickguide (NW Metro region services)
Other palliative care clinical resources for GP teams

The resources section of this website (Clinical resources, training and education) includes a range of clinical resources that may be of interest to GP teams.

Advance care planning for doctors and GP teams

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Advance Care Planning Position Statement

The RACGP website notes that Advance Care Planning should be incorporated into routine general practice. In addition to the RACGP Position Statement on Advance Care Planning, the RACGP website includes links to further information and resources.

Web: http://www.racgp.org.au/your-practice/business/tools/support/acp/

HealthPathways Melbourne (for GP teams) including advance care planning pathways

HealthPathways Melbourne, an initiative of the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN) and North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN), is an online portal designed to be used at the point of care by GP teams working in the northwest and eastern regions of Melbourne. HealthPathways aims to guide best-practice assessment and management. HealthPathways includes detailed information and links on advance care planning.

Web: https://melbourne.healthpathways.org.au

Advance care planning: resource for doctors and health professionals (DHHS, Victoria)

Published in 2015 on the website of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Advance care planning: resource for doctors and health professionals is a series of nine documents under the banner of Advance care planning: have the conversation. The documents are described as as modules developed by doctors for doctors and cover: The facts; Advance care planning and the law; When to have the conversation; How to have the conversation; How to document the conversation; When to revisit the conversation; When and how to implement an advance care plan; Advance care planning in your workplace; Advance care planning in the mental health context.

Web: https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/publications/researchandreports/acp-doctor-resource

Next Steps. Advance care training videos for doctors (DHHS, Victoria)

Published via links from the Advance care planning resources section of the website of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Next Steps is a series of 13 videos designed to assist doctors in communicating with people about advance care planning. The videos include commentary on some ‘successful’ and ‘unsuccessful’ real-life scenarios, along with a documentation guide.

Web: https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/hospitals-and-health-services/patient-care/end-of-life-care/advance-care-planning/acp-resources

Guidance on use of MBS Items for advance care planning in General Practice

In 2015, as part of their brief to support GP teams with information about advance care planning, the Decision Assist project produced a three page document with information about the use of MBS items for advance care planning.

Web: https://www.caresearch.com.au/Caresearch/Portals/0/Decision-Assist-Resources/GP%20Ed%20ACP%20Resources/Decision_Assist_ACP_GP_Guidance_MBS_Items_Sep_2015.pdf

Decision Assist Phone Advisory Service (covering both palliative care and advance care planning) for GPs and aged care staff

In addition to a range of advance care planning resources and training for GPs and aged care staff, the Australian Government funded Decision Assist project provides a 24 hr phone advisory service regarding advance care planning (and a separate advisory service via the same phone number for palliative care). Phone 1300 668 908.

Web: https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/3104/Default.aspx

Decision Assist advance care planning resources for GPs

One of the key objectives of the Australian Government funded Decision Assist is to empower GPs with knowledge of palliative care and advance care planning. The education and training pages of the Decision Assist website (within the Caresearch website) has a section devoted to advance care planning resources for GPs, including: Advance Care Planning Guide for General Practice; The Advance Care Planning (ACP) conversation: A 5 Step General Practice Guide; Frequently Asked Questions for General Practice.

Web: https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/4122/Default.aspx

Decision Assist advance care planning (and palliative care) training for GPs

In addition to a range of advance care planning resources for GPs, the Decision Assist website provides details of advance care planning (and palliative care) education and training available for GPs.

Web: https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/3621/Default.aspx

Advance: Initiating palliative care and advance care planning training and resources for general practice (GP) nurses

Advance is a free toolkit of screening and assessment tools and a training package, specifically designed to support nurses in Australian general practices to work with general practitioners (GPs) to initiate advance care planning (ACP) and palliative care in everyday general practice. The Advance Toolkit consists of six screening and assessment tools and a Guide. Only registered and enrolled nurses who are currently working in Australian general practice are eligible.

Web: https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/4031/Default.aspx

My Wishes, My Plan, advanced care planning as part of My Health Record of the Australian Digital Health Agency

The Australian Government’s My Health Record is organised under the banner of the Australian Digital Health Agency. It is a personalised online summary of individuals health information, which people can choose to share with doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers. It can include information such as: allergies; current conditions and treatments; medicines; pathology reports or diagnostic imaging scans. Advance care planning documentation can be uploaded to people’s My Health Record.

Web: https://myhealthrecord.gov.au/internet/mhr/publishing.nsf/Content/acp

Other information on advance care planning and community conversations about dying and death

For additional advance care planning information, including advance care planning contacts for all north west metropolitan region public hospitals, see the Resources section of this website on Advance care planning and community conversations about dying and death.