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Hot Topic Webinar May 2022 – Advance Care Planning:  Is it worth doing?

Hot Topic Webinar May 2022 – Advance Care Planning: Is it worth doing?

4:00PM - 5:00PM Wednesday 11th May 2022
Registrations for this event are now closed.
Advance Care Planning has come under the spotlight in recent months with publications in medical journals describing Advance Care Planning as not worthwhile and not achieving what it aims to do. Other authors have refuted this and provided evidence for its benefit. Where does the truth lie? Do the criticisms have merit? Do those who support Advance Care Planning have valid arguments?

In this session, both sides of the argument will be addressed and a case for Advance Care Planning will be provided. An expert panel will further explore this topic and answer audience questions.


Facilitated by A/Prof Mark Boughey

A/Prof Mark Boughey is the Director of Palliative Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital and Co-Deputy Director of the Centre for Palliative Care. He is also Chair & Clinical Lead for Safer Care Victoria’s Palliative Care Clinical Network and sits on Clinical Council of Victoria. He is especially interested in the promotion and incorporation of palliative care principles and practices across all illness/disease trajectories working through the many levels of government and health care network strategic planning and policy development through to on the ground curriculum development, training and teaching. This is reflected in his work to be of influence on key platforms & organizations within the Australian healthcare system. He particularly enjoys his work with education and program implementation as well as service development initiatives within Australia’s indigenous communities.



A/Prof Barbara Hayes

A/Prof Barbara Hayes has been Clinical Lead for Advance Care Planning at Northern Health since 2007. Barbara’s background is in Palliative Medicine and she has a PhD in ethics. Her PhD thesis was ‘Ethical CPR decision-making’, which formed a theoretical basis for conceptualising medical decision-making, consent, goals of care plans, and Advance Care Planning. Barbara was a member of DHHS committees for the implementation of the Victorian Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act (2016), and in that capacity was involved in developing resources for people who lack capacity to undertake Advance Care Planning.




Sonia Gardiner

 Senior Medical Treatment Decisions Officer, OPA.

Sonia trained as a social worker and began her career in child protection, before moving in to hospital social work for seven years. She joined OPA 11 years ago, initially as an advocate guardian and with the introduction of the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act in 2018, she has been the team leader of OPA’s Medical Decisions Team.



Anne Marie Fabri

Anne Marie Fabri is the Associate Director for Community Programs at Northern Health. Prior to this role, Anne Marie was the Manager of the Advance Care Planning Program at Northern Health. Anne Marie is a registered nurse with experience in community and sub-acute nursing, particularly in palliative care and aged care and has a long standing interest in shared decision-making and patient advocacy.



Link details will be sent to your registered email address 24 hours prior to the event.

For any enquiries, please contact us either by phone or email: +61 3 9416 0000 & centre.palliativecare@svha.org.au


The Centre reserves the right to cancel events and issue refunds where events do not reach minimum participants or the event can not be held in accordance with COVID safe requirements.  In the event that an attendee cannot attend, a substitute is welcome to attend in their place.  No refunds will be given unless 21 days notice is given in writing prior to the date of the planned event. If less than 21 days the fee can be used for the same course at a later stage, or another course of the same value.

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