Advanced Care Directive St George & Sutherland Community College

Advanced Care Directive

An Advanced Care Directive (ACD) is a crucial document that outlines an individual's preferences for future medical treatment and personal care, ensuring their wishes are respected even if they are unable to communicate. This non-accredited, 2-hour course on Advanced Care Directives is designed to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the importance, creation, and implementation of ACDs. This course is ideal for healthcare professionals, caregivers, legal advisors, and anyone interested in preparing an Advanced Care Directive.

Course Objectives:

•    Understand the purpose and importance of an Advanced Care Directive.
•    Learn the legal and ethical considerations involved.
•    Explore the components and structure of an ACD.
•    Gain practical skills for creating and implementing an ACD.
•    Discuss real-life scenarios and case studies.
•    Understand how to communicate effectively about ACDs with patients and families.

Course Content:

1. Introduction to Advanced Care Directives:

  • Definition and purpose of an ACD.
  • Importance of having an ACD.

2. Legal and Ethical Considerations:

  • Overview of relevant laws and regulations.
  • Ethical principles in advanced care planning.

3. Components of an ACD:

  • Medical treatment preferences.
  • Personal care wishes.
  • Appointment of a substitute decision-maker.
  • Instructions on specific health conditions and interventions.

4. Creating an Advanced Care Directive:

  • Steps to drafting an ACD.
  • Resources and tools available.
  • Ensuring clarity and comprehensiveness.
  • Witnessing and legal formalities.

5. Implementing an Advanced Care Directive:

  • Communicating the ACD to healthcare providers.
  • Storing and updating the document.
  • Enforcing the ACD in different healthcare settings.

6. Communicating About ACDs:

  • Effective communication strategies with patients and families.
  • Addressing common concerns and questions.
  • Handling emotional and sensitive discussions.

7. Case Studies and Real-Life Scenarios:

  • Analysis of case studies to illustrate ACD use.
  • Discussion on outcomes and lessons learned.
  • Role-playing exercises for practical application.

8. Q&A Session:
 

  • Open floor for participant questions.
  • Sharing of personal experiences and challenges.

Course Methodology:

  • Interactive lectures with visual aids.
  • Group discussions and role-playing exercises.
  • Case study analysis.
  • Access to resources and templates for ACD creation.

Target Audience:

  • Healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, social workers).
  • Caregivers and family members.
  • Legal advisors and advocates.
  • Anyone interested in understanding and preparing an ACD.

Benefits of Attending:
 

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of ACDs and their importance.
  • Learn how to draft and implement an effective ACD.
  • Develop communication skills for discussing ACDs with patients and families.
  • Access practical tools and resources for ACD creation.
  • Connect with others interested in advanced care planning.

By the end of this course, participants will have a solid foundation in the principles and practices of Advanced Care Directives, enabling them to confidently support and guide individuals in making informed decisions about their future care. Participants will leave equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to ensure that an individual's healthcare and personal care preferences are respected and upheld, providing peace of mind for themselves and their loved ones.

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Advanced Care Directive

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