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For clinicians

Give it a go – before using the guide in practice we would encourage you to:

If you feel confident to, then try out using the guide in your conversations with patients and their whānau.

If you feel like you might benefit from some extra training support, there are three-hour SICG workshops rolling out across NZ. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 there is currently no classroom-based training.

For team leaders and managers – it needs a system

Implementation of a system change to support the effective use of the guide

The SICG tool and training is part of a multicomponent programme which should include:

1. Organisational implementation including:

a. systems for identifying patient who would benefit,
b. policies supporting the use of the Serious Illness Conversation Guide
c. processes and systems for documenting the conversations and using the information in care planning and delivery.

2. Clinician preparation, training and mentoring

3. Patient and whānau preparation 

See the implementation guide here.

For more information about implementation internationally we would encourage you to join the Community of Practice hosted by Ariadne Labs. They hold regular webinars where they explore the different key areas of successful implementation and system change.

View Ariadne Community of Practice and webinar links

Please send any questions or comments about the Serious Illness Conversation Guide to

Last updated: 25th November, 2021