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2nd September 2019

An independent evaluation of Palliative Care WA’s Advance Care Planning workshops was undertaken by Associate Professor Moira O’Connor and her team at Curtin University during 2018/2019.

Workshop participants were measured via survey at three time points – pre-workshop, post-workshop survey and a follow up 3 to 6 months after the workshop.

The findings indicate that these workshops lead to statistically significant changes in knowledge and behaviours related to Advance Care Planning. This included:

  • thinking about preferences and wishes for end of life;
  • viewing end-of-life plans as adequate;
  • conversations with others about end-of-life wishes; and
  • understanding key concepts related to Advance Care Planning.

The overall conclusion from the evaluation process is that the workshops were highly effective for the group of participants. We already know from previous evaluations that the workshops are considered useful by participants. However we now have very powerful evidence that they are successful in meeting the aims of our Advance Care Planning workshops – namely changing knowledge and behaviour in relation to undertaking Advance Care Planning.

You can download the full evaluation report and the shorter executive summary below.

PCWA ACP Workshops Evaluation Report

PCWA ACP Workshops Evaluation Executive Summary