A suite of resources to help Western Australians have more say about their health and personal care have been launched by the Minister for Health, Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson (read the Minister’s full Media Statement here).
Spearheaded by a new user-friendly Advance Health Directive (AHD), the resources include advance care planning guides for consumers and health professionals, online content and a guide to support people to complete their AHD. There are also several advance care planning documents that enable Western Australians to record and share their preferences and decisions. These include an Advance Health Directive, a Values and Preferences Form and Enduring Powers of Guardianship.
The new Advance Health Directive and supporting resources can be accessed on the Department of Health website.
The Chief Psychiatrist’s Standard – Consumer and Carer Involvement in Individual Care, should be central in decision making. The Chief Psychiatrist encourages all mental health clinicians to be aware of the new resources and the role of Advanced Health Directives in mental health settings.