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GP Palliative Shared Care Program Framework

The GP Palliative Shared Care Program Framework (the Framework) outlines the requirements for GPs providing GP Palliative Shared Care in metropolitan Adelaide.

The Framework provides systems of care and planning processes for GPs in caring for adults with a progressive life limiting illness.

All GPs participating in the GP Palliative Shared Care Program will be provided with a copy of the Framework prior to attending the GP Palliative Shared Care Orientation Seminar.

The Framework was developed by GP partners Australia in collaboration with the SA Palliative Care Clinical Network and the GP Palliative Shared Care Clinical Governance Committee.

For further information please phone the GP Palliative Shared Care Information Line on 1300 303 409.

GP Palliative Shared Care Patient Held Record

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The GP Palliative Shared Care Patient Held Record consists of a bright purple vinyl wallet (for easy recognition) that can be used to store important information for patients receiving GP Palliative Shared Care, including:

  • Contact List – a list of ‘who to call’ for assistance at any time
  • Copy of any ACD and 7 Step Pathway (if completed)
  • Copy of the Care Plan
  • Printed up-to-date Medication List

The Patient Held Record assists in having this information readily available to all clinicians caring for a patient. It provides the patient and/or carer with a central place to keep essential information, and key documents associated with his or her care. The record is recognised across settings, alerting new care providers that the patient is in the GP Palliative Shared Care Program and of their care plan.

The Patient Held Record is provided by the GP to each patient receiving GP Palliative Shared Care.

Copies of the GP Palliative Shared Care Patient Held Record are available from GP partners Australia by emailing Chrissy Menzies at cmenzies@gppaustralia.org.au or phoning the GP Palliative Shared Care Information Line on 1300 303 409.

Metropolitan Adelaide Specialist Palliative Care Service (SPCS) Areas

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For the purposes of the GP Palliative Shared Care program, metropolitan Adelaide refers to the areas covered by the Southern Adelaide Palliative Services, Central Adelaide Palliative Care Service and Northern Adelaide Palliative Service. The boundaries of these Services align with the SA Health Local Health Network boundaries.

A list of the postcodes that fall within the boundary for each of the Services may be accessed here.

A map of the service areas for the Specialist Palliative Care Services (Local Health Network boundaries) is available here.

Individual service area maps:

Palliative Care CPD Activities

GP partners Australia provide regular CPD events for participating GPs to further develop their skills and knowledge in caring for people with a life limiting illness. The details of RACGP accredited palliative care CPD activities delivered by GP partners Australia are available on the Upcoming Events page at www.gppaustralia.org.au/events or by phoning the GP Palliative Shared Care Information Line on 1300 303 409.

Additional CPD activities offered by other education providers that may be of interest to participating GPs include:

Case Conference Record and Care Plan Template

A Case Conference Record and Care Plan Template is available for GPs participating in the GP Palliative Shared Care Program.

Part 1 of the form is designed as a step by step guide to assist GPs in the preparation, conduct and recording of a Multidisciplinary Case Conference as part of the GP Palliative Shared Care Program.

After the Multidisciplinary Case Conference has taken place, the later part of the form (Part 2) may also be used to complete a GP Management Plan (GPMP) with Team Care Arrangements (TCA).

The Form can be downloaded below:

Please note: This is version 1 of the Form and we would welcome GP feedback. If you have any comments or suggested improvements, please email cmenzies@gppaustralia.org.au