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National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care

The Commission has developed the National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe high-quality end-of-life care which describes the key clinical and organisational requirements for delivering excellent end-of-life care.

The Consensus Statement reflects the view of health consumers, carers, experts in the field, and the Commission and was endorsed by Australian Health Ministers in May 2015.

Clinicians, health service executives and managers, policy-makers, educators and training providers can use the principles and 10 essential elements of the Consensus Statement as a guide to improving the safety and quality of end-of-life care.

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The Consensus Statement describes 10 essential elements for the provision of end-of-life care in settings where acute care is provided.

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The purpose of this background paper was to present a précis of the policy and clinical framework for end-of-life care within the Australian acute healthcare setting and as interpreted by consumers, clinicians and policy makers in 2013.

Please contact the if you would like information about how the Consensus Statement was developed. 


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