Health and aged care provider Cabrini has launched a new website to support health professionals to have sensitive conversations about advance care planning with people from different religious and cultural backgrounds.
The resource, ACPTalk, was developed in partnership with national and state religious and cultural organisations to build the knowledge and skills of health and aged care professionals working with diverse communities.
ACPTalk includes features such as:
- a search function to find information about a specific religion or faith
- conversation starter help and example scripts
- information on advance care planning law
- language and communication tips to support advance care planning
- external links to ACP resources, videos, and religious and cultural resources.
Project lead, Amanda Pereira-Salgado from the Cabrini Centre for Nursing Research, said the free resource was the first of its kind in Australia.
“Until now, there has been no Australian based, standalone website providing guidance about advance care planning within several religious and cultural contexts,” said Ms Pereira-Salgado.
“Given the multicultural and multi-faith nature of the Australian community, there was a great need for a resource such as ACPTalk. Importantly, the religious content on the website was derived from interviews with religious leaders and has undergone extensive review by the leaders themselves, representatives of major national and state religious bodies and other stakeholders.”
Professor Lee Boyd, executive director of nursing and the Cabrini Institute, said the website was an important resource for health and aged care workers.
“Although it may seem confronting, conversations about end-of-life choices don’t have to be sad or negative – in fact, they can be empowering opportunities to share thoughts about living our lives to the full and to have certainty and confidence around important decisions for ourselves and our loved ones. We need to make the right choices for ourselves about our care and to have ownership of those choices,” she said.
The project was funded by the federal Department of Health.