Call to make end-of-life planning routine

ADVANCE planning for end-of-life care should be as routine as vaccination, even for healthy middle-aged adults, according to the GP who founded the RACGP’s special interest group on aged care.

Dr Jitendra Parikh, from Sydney, says with take-up of Advance Care Planning (ACP) documents below 50%, doctors and patients need to be proactive on the issue.

“Even 35- to 40-year-olds in excellent health should have one, because it’s going to help them in the long run,” he says.

“[ACP should be] just like having a vaccination, to take care of future things which

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