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Details
CPD1h 5m of CPD
Rating
4.5
Total Rating(s)49
Publish Date28 January 2018
Review Date16 October 2019
Expiry Date28 January 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

All competent adults have a right to decide what medical treatment they would refuse if they lose capacity to make decisions in the future. This Course looks at the increasing trend to have future refusals of treatment recorded in legally binding documents known as Advance Care Directives (ACDs).

Topics include:

  • What is an Advanced Care Directive?
  • Requirements for a valid Advanced Care Directive
  • Substitute decision making
  • Case law and Advanced Care Directives

Target audience

All health professionals working in all contexts of adult health care.

Purpose

The purpose of this Course is to enable learners to gain a better understanding of the legal framework that supports a competent adult to make decisions about advanced care directives.

Need

All adults have the right to make decisions about their own body. This includes the right to consent and to refuse treatment – even if the refusal of treatment will cause their death. The right to refuse treatment in advance has also been upheld by the common law. There is a growing trend to have future refusals of treatment recorded in legally binding documents such as an ‘Advance Directive’ or ‘Living Will’.

Therefore, it is imperative that all health practitioners understand what constitutes a valid refusal of treatment through these written instructions to meet their common law and professional obligations when providing care for their clients.

Learning Outcomes

  • State the purpose of an Advance Care Directive
  • Identify the legal requirements of a valid Advance Care Directive
  • Describe common dilemmas associated with refusal of treatment instructions

Disclosure

No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.

Educator

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Linda Starr

Dr Linda Starr is a general and mental health qualified nurse, lawyer, and associate professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University. Her research interests have been in health law for health practitioners, criminal law, forensic health care, and elder abuse investigation and prosecution, which was the subject of her PhD. Linda is currently the chair of the state board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board, Australia, the director on the Board of Directors at the Aged Rights Advocacy Service, and is the founding president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association. She has an extensive speaking record, nationally and internationally, on issues in health law, forensic nursing, and elder abuse.

Details
CPD1h 5m of CPD
Rating
4.5
Total Rating(s)49
Publish Date28 January 2018
Review Date16 October 2019
Expiry Date28 January 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Ethics
Legal
Aged Care
Palliative Care
Documentation
Disclaimer

Further Learning

Learner Reviews

4.5

49 Total Rating(s)

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karl gutierrez
15 Mar 2019

very good

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bernadette proctor
14 Mar 2019

very well researched and presented

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Karen Church
10 Mar 2019

Engaging topic, the presenter seemed a little overwhelmed at times but soldiered on. Valuable information and interesting case studies.

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Earl Beech
09 Mar 2019

Aa

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Christopher Mark Austin
02 Mar 2019

Awesome - a few spelling mistakes within the lecture but other then that it was very informative.

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Paula Marshall
27 Feb 2019

great update on information

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Jennifer Francis
09 Feb 2019

Annoyed with the constant stop starting of the video footage. The information was good and knowledgeable.

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Brydie Grossman
07 Feb 2019

a bit boring and confusing. ?make it state specific

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Belinda Yon
05 Feb 2019

This was an informative education session both for my work purposes and my personal interest.

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Susan Anderson
31 Jan 2019

a very interesting topic in Qld we have advanced care planning now instead of advanced care directives. The speaker went to fast at times