20 July 2022
We are excited to launch a new free suite of dementia specific training and resources. Our new Advance Project Toolkit (Dementia) makes initiating courageous end-of-life conversations and assessing palliative needs of people living with dementia, easier to enable better care.
It has been identified that people living with dementia and their carers often don’t have the opportunity to discuss advance care planning and access to palliative care, resulting in unmet needs.
Our dementia specific training and resources have been specifically created for clinicians, managers, and careworkers in aged and primary care settings, to build greater confidence, capacity, and skills.
28 March 2022
Australian General Practitioners, nurses, practice managers and primary health networks experiences of implementing a structured approach to initiating advance care planning and palliative care. A peer reviewed journal article reporting findings of a qualitative study evaluating the second phase of the Advance Project in general practices across Australia has been published in BMJ Open. The findings suggest that The Advance Project resources and training can help facilitate general practices to incorporate team-based initiation of advance care planning and palliative care needs assessment into their usual care. A media release about the journal article is also available.
8 February 2022
Nurse-led advance care planning and palliative care in primary healthcare: a qualitative study. The findings of a qualitative study evaluating nurses experiences of participating in the first phase of The Advance Project in general practice settings across Australia has been published in a peer reviewed journal article. The findings suggest that The Advance Project training and resources helped build nurses confidence to discuss sensitive topics around end-of-life care with their patients. Findings from the study informed development of the second phase of The Advance Project. In the second phase of The Advance Project the program was expanded to also include training and resources for General Practitioners and Practice Managers, to enable team-based initiation of advance care planning and palliative care needs assessment in general practice settings.
25 January 2022
New interactive PDF versions of the Advance Project consumer resources are available. We are committed to making further developments in our processes and consumer resources this year. The Advance Project resources have been refreshed based on the feedback we received, and these resources have now been converted to interactive editable PDFs to make assessing patients and their carers’ palliative and supportive care needs in general practice settings much easier. A new electronic fillable PDF version of the guidebook for patients is also available to help them prepare for advance care planning discussions. If you prefer printable versions of these booklets, they are still available and can be downloaded via the Advance Project Resources page for registered Advance Project members. Visit www.theadvanceproject.com.au to access these new resources.
24 January 2022
New Advance Project dementia-specific online training and resources available from July 2022. Phase 3 of the Advance Project is focussed on supporting aged and primary care staff to initiate advance care planning conversations and assess supportive and palliative care needs of people living with dementia at various stage of cognitive decline. A comprehensive suite of new resources and online training modules for nurses, care managers, care workers and allied health staff working in community or residential aged care will be launched in July 2022.
13 October 2020
$1.2 million project to address advance care planning and palliative care for people with dementia. A critical gap in training and resources to support people with dementia accessing palliative care and advance care planning in aged care will be addressed through a new $1.2 million Australian Government grant for the successful Advance Project, led by HammondCare. A media release about the new project is now available.
6 May 2019
What's New in the Advance Project in 2019. The Advance Project Director Professor Josephine Clayton discusses the project’s new, wider scope, and explains the benefits for primary health care practitioners. Read more...
6 May 2019
We've upgraded the tools in the Advance Project Toolkit. At the heart of the Advance Project is our newly upgraded, free, evidence-based toolkit, and a training package. Read more...
6 May 2019
What are people saying about the Advance Project? User feedback and peer reviews from clinicians like Newcastle based GP Dimity Pond are a vital part of the development of the program. Read more...
6 May 2019
How does the online training work? Three different online training streams are available, specifically tailored to the unique learning needs of Australian GPs, nurses and general practice managers. Read more...
6 May 2019
The Advance Project is designed to help patients like Harold. My patient Harold was a man in his 80s. Having never married, he preferred the life of a single man. Read more...
26 February 2019
The Advance Project has a full suite of eLearning modules for the general practice team. New individually tailored eLearning modules are available for GPs, general practice nurses and practice managers. And the training is accredited, approved or endorsed by the relevant professional bodies. Our new and updated toolkit supports GPs and nurses to initiate advance care planning conversations, and to assess patients’ and carers’ palliative and supportive care needs. The training and resources enable general practice managers to support GPs and nurses to implement the resources into routine practice. There are also new resources for patients and carers. Telementoring from an experienced palliative care nurse is available to assist with implementing the resources at general practices. Please click on the flyer (1MB pdf) and information sheet (1MB pdf) about the free resources and training that are available through the project.
24 January 2019
The Advance Project has expanded its scope. One of the great new aspects of the Advance ProjectTM for 2019 is that we are now focused on supporting GPs and practice managers as well as providing ongoing support for general practice nurses. The project resources, training and support have expanded to support Australian general practices to implement a team-based approach to initiating advance care planning (ACP) and palliative care into everyday clinical practice.
25 October 2017
We are excited to announce that we have received further funding from the Australian Government, Department of Health (until the end of June 2020) to extend and expand the Advance ProjectTM. This will include ongoing support for General Practice Nurses, as well as complimentary training for General Practitioners, Practice Managers and other clinicians to enable a team based approach to initiating advance care planning and palliative care in primary and chronic/complex care.
The title of the new project is “The Advance Project: Initiating palliative care and advance care planning through training and resources for primary and chronic/complex care clinicians”. A media release about the new project is now available.
12 January 2017
A conversation with Karen Booth, President of the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) (180kb pdf)