Should there be an MBS item number for advance care planning?

Amanda Pereira-Salgado and Jennifer J Watts
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01449
Published online: 15 May 2017

Advance care planning (ACP) promotes conversations about future health care, in case a person should lose capacity for decision making. Advance care directives (ACDs) provide written documentation of these conversations. Yet, although the Australian Medical Association advocates ACP within routine clinical practice,1 ACD completion rates remain low.2

  • Amanda Pereira-Salgado1
  • Jennifer J Watts2

  • 1 Cabrini Centre for Nursing Research, Cabrini Institute, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Centre for Population Health Research, Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC

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