Plan4Surgery: Advance Care Planning (ACP) for the Perioperative Physician


Claire Claire McNamara

Claire has worked at the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) since 2005, previously in the role of an Advocate/Guardian and currently as a Senior Legal Officer. Claire is involved in advising and training OPA staff, and volunteers. Claire has delivered presentations on medical treatment and advance care planning to various audiences, particularly in the legal and health sectors.

Lachlan Lachlan Bell

Lachlan Bell is a Registered Nurse who is based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH). He currently works in two areas: a Colorectal and Hepatobiliary surgical ward and a Gastroenterology and General Medicine ward. In his 3 years at RMH Lachlan has worked with the RMH Advance Care Planning Project Officer to discuss particular cases and pursue correct and improved processes for increasing use of Advance Care Planning and implementation of Goals of Care.

Lachlan’s interest in Advance Care Planning comes from a passion for advocating for the patient, their values and their best interests for quality of life using a person centred care approach. Lachlan now holds the role of an Advanced Care Planning Champion and fulfils this role in his daily work on the wards ensuring the conversation is open and ongoing for the patients in his care.

Karen_Detering_Photo Dr Karen Detering

Karen Detering is the Medical Director of the Austin Advance Care Planning department. She has long-standing interests in implementation and research related to advance care planning, and end of life care, and in the development and delivery of educational resources in these areas.

Charlie Corke Charlie Corke

A/PROF CHARLIE CORKE. MB BS., BSc., MRCP(UK), FCICM. Charlie is one of Australia’s leading Intensive Care Specialists and is currently President of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society.

Charlie undertook medical training at St Bartholomew’s hospital in London. He completed training as a physician and then trained as an anaesthetist. Finally he completed a third specialty program and commenced a career as an intensive care specialist.

After working in Hong Kong he came to Australia, initially working as Director of Intensive Care at the Repatriation Hospital in Melbourne. In 1991 he became Director of Intensive Care in Geelong. In 2008 he stepped down as Director to concentrate more on his diverse medical interests.

Charlie is regional clinical lead for the Advance Care Planning program and is the originator of the MyValues approach to advance care planning ( He was part of the Australian and new Zealand Intensive Care Society working party to create guidelines for ‘Withholding and Withdrawing of Life Prolonging Treatment’.

He lectures widely on medical communication and end-of-life decision-making. Charlie was featured on the ABC in the film ‘In the End’ and is a regular contributor to radio.Charlie has published numerous papers and books on medicine.

Rohit D’Costa

Rohit D’Costa is an intensive care specialist, and medical lead for Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is also the State Medical Director of Donatelife Victoria, the organisation that co-ordinates organ donation across the state.

Janette Wright Janette Wright

Dr Janette Wright is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Royal Melbourne Hospital with interests in trauma, perioperative medicine and welfare of anaesthetists. She is an instructor on various courses including Advanced Life Support and advanced airway management courses.

She is a convenor for the CRASH course (a return to work course for anaesthetists) and the annual RMH Anaesthetic Refresher course. She is currently midway through completion of a Masters in Perioperative Medicine through Monash University, Melbourne. On top of this she is a mother to two primary school aged children.

Danny Vadasz Danny Vadasz

Throughout his working life, Danny has demonstrated strong commitment to the consumer voice, seeking the empowerment of consumers for the achievement of better health outcomes and social justice. He does so with energy, knowledge and commitment to achieving better consumer health outcomes with and for consumers.