Lodge your Advance Care Directive with My Health Record
SENIORS are being encouraged to upload to My Health Record their future health care preferences.
At a time of crisis, having the directive on the secure website will help both practitioners and family members to access this information.
"When you are sick, the burdens and stresses of decision-making may fall on those you love," Dr Chris Moy, Chair of the Ethics and Medico-legal Committee of the Australian Medical Association said.
"Having conversations beforehand, documenting your wishes, and knowing where this information is stored and available can help ease this burden.
"My Health Record is equipped to store your advance care plan, allowing it to be accessed by your health care team at a place and a time in the future when it is needed.
"All Australians now have the opportunity to use this tool to ensure that they obtain health treatment in line with their preferences."
Storing advance care planning documents in My Health Record is particularly vital in emergency care cases where hospitals, paramedics and other relevant registered healthcare providers need access to a patient's records, in order to provide the care the patient wants.
Key facts from Advance Care Planning Australia"
- Almost 50% of people will not be able to make their own end-of-life medical decisions.
- Less than 15% of Australians have documented their preferences in an Advance Care Directive (ACD).
- 30% of people aged 65+ have an ACD.
- A third of Australians will die before the age of 75.
- Most people die after a chronic illness, not a sudden event.
- Research shows that advance care planning can reduce anxiety, depression and stress experienced by families and that they're more likely to be satisfied with their loved one's care.
Find more information on uploading advance care plans, go to myhealthrecord.gov.au.