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Chronic conditions and the possibility of COVID illness

The current COVID environment has highlighted the need for all of us to think and plan for the possibility of COVID-19 illness.

It's particularly important we support people and whānau with chronic and life-limiting conditions to think and plan for their future care. This includes considering what COVID-19 might mean for them and their health care choices. These conversations can be facilitated by the Serious Illness Conversation Guide (SICG), a tool that uses patient-developed language to support advance care planning conversations and planning with seriously ill people and their whānau.

During this session, we will explore the SICG, review the COVID adaption made to support conversations with people and whānau who are impacted by COVID, and consider the impact a pandemic surge and lockdown might have on access to health services, whānau visitation, and planning for end-of-life place of care and tangihanga.



Jane Goodwin

Registered Nurse

[RN (1st Class Hons), MHealSc]

Jane is a registered nurse who has been the advance care planning (ACP) facilitator in Waitaha/Canterbury since 2013. She has a strong involvement with ACP nationally: chairing the national ACP Steering Group; working as a lead trainer for the national ACP programme; and employed by the Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC) as the senior project manager for advance care planning and shared goals of care. More recently she has been working with The HQSC to introduce the Serious Illness Conversation Guide (SICG) to Aotearoa.