Shared Decision Making at SALHN

Shared decision making is the ongoing sharing of information to develop common understanding and goals between the person, their support networks and their healthcare team. This shared conversation uses plain language to promote holistic care, considering the person’s preferences, cultural needs, values and circumstances - SALHN definition.

The concept of Shared Decision Making in healthcare is a key part of the provision of Person and Family Centred healthcare. In SALHN we use a variety of tools to engage consumers in their care and in shared decision making.

Recently consumers participated in a workshop and determined a model for Shared Decision Making in our health services. We are currently working with our Partnering with Consumers Advisory Group and Comprehensive Care Committee to develop tools to support staff and consumers to partner together in shared decision making and look forward to sharing this with you.