Overdue normalisation of nurse-led advance care planning interventions in Australia

Magnolia Cardona, Steven Pitman

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Clinicians who have had adequate capacity building on communication know how to start a discussion on our choices, manage fear, support anticipatory grief and guide decision-making on transition to supportive and palliative care to enable a good death.

The pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic on hospitals and residential aged care have led to a diminished opportunity for these considered end of life discussions. Health systems, including the US, the UK, and Hong Kong, are likely better prepared than Australia as they have for several years proposed and trialled not just the contribution of nurses to physician-initiated conversations but incorporated responsibilities for nurse-led end of life discussions with proven success.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55
Number of pages1
JournalAustralian Nursing and Midwifery Journal
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


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