Free advanced care planning sessions for Mandurah doctors

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MANDURAH doctors and primary health professionals are being offered free information and education sessions in advanced care planning.

Decision Assist, the Federally-funded National Palliative Care Information and Support organisation, in partnership with the WA Cancer Council, will hold two evening workshop dinners in Mandurah next month. Attendance is free.

With advanced care planning now a vital element in the care of the frail elderly and those with life-limiting or life-threatening illness, the information sessions are designed to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence of GPs and their primary care teams in initiating advanced care planning conversations.

The first information dinner is at Meadow Springs Golf and Country Club on Wednesday November 1 and the second at Seashells Mandurah on Wednesday November 15 from 6-8.30pm.

Mandurah and Peel medical clinics are encouraged to send a doctor or staff member to the workshops that run from 6pm to 8.30pm.

Such sessions for doctors, endorsed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, have proved successful in other States and have also been held in Albany, Broome and Bunbury.

The presenter will be WA Cancer Council Palliative and Supportive Care Education manager Grace Buchanan.

Ms Buchanan said the workshops aimed to help doctors meet the ever growing demands on themselves and practice staff.

Register on or call 9382 9300.

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