The five South Island DHBs have agreed to develop a single South Island-wide electronic advance care plan (ACP). This means there will be one format for all ACPs available electronically anywhere in the South Island – one person, one plan, across five DHBs.
Advance care planning allows people to share what is important to them at the end of life, which means healthcare professionals, carers, family and whānau can make decisions based on the person’s wishes.
Having a single, consistent, easy-to-use electronic form will provide peace of mind for all South Island residents. If someone falls sick outside their hometown, their ACP would be available and recognisable to everyone involved in their care. No matter where they are in the South Island, their wishes will be respected.
Through the South Island Alliance, the five South Island DHBs will develop the regional electronic ACP together, with each DHB responsible for implementing it locally. It will be based on the new national printed form and is expected to be available in the first half of 2017.
For more information about advance care planning, visit www.advancecareplanning.org.nz