Decision Assist is the collective name for the Specialist Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Advisory Services, a consortium of 7 healthcare organisations and research institutes that successfully won funding of $14.8 million over three years to establish a nationwide palliative care service under the previous government's Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package.
The new service aims to provide GPs and aged care providers with information on palliative care, advance care planning and advance care directives, including the legislation and processes in each state and territory, create links between aged care and palliative care, as well as training workshops.
The national 1300 668 908 advisory phone service on advance care planning is now available, with a palliative care service due to launch in September. It is expected that the palliative care service will provide advice on topics such as symptom control and medication.
The service also plans to create web-based resources including tablet and smartphone access, apps, and to provide telehealth services to overcome geographic isolation.