End-of-life care external resources

The Commonwealth, state and territory governments across Australia are increasing their focus on improving the safety and quality of end-of-life care.

The links below provide information on some of the work that is happening across Australia.

Disclaimer: These links are provided for convenience only and should not be construed as an endorsement by the Commonwealth of Australia. Conversely, omissions should not be construed as non-endorsement.

National Palliative Care Strategy

Palliative care strategy

The National Palliative Care Strategy is intended to be used by all Australian governments, as well as organisations and individuals, in guiding the implementation of palliative care across Australia so that people affected by life-limiting conditions receive the care they need to live well. The National Strategy provides a shared direction and authorising environment for the continuous improvement of palliative care services throughout Australia.

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Education for clinicians

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Flinders University has produced a number of end-of-life education modules to assist acute care clinicians in meeting the challenges of providing end-of-life care. The modules are based on the Commission’s National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care and are funded by the Australian Government as a National Palliative Care Project.

The modules focus on developing clinical knowledge and skills in communication and decision-making, and are aimed at doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

  • Access the end-of-life essentials modules

End-of-life law for clinicians

End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC) has 10 new and updated online training modules available for medical practitioners, nurses, allied and other health professionals, and medical students. The training can be accessed for free at the ELLC online training portal.

The modules include new clinical case studies, vignettes of clinicians sharing their end of life experiences, and more legal cases and interactive learning. Certificates of Completion are available for each module. RACGP Statements of Attendance for Medical Practitioners are also available on completion of relevant.

For further information please contact QUT

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care Portal (funded by Palliative Care Australia) has been developed specifically for the health workforce who provide care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their families and communities as well as supporting clinicians and policy makers in accessing relevant and culturally appropriate resources, research, events, courses and projects on palliative and end-of-life care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Subsections include Culturally appropriate palliative care and end-of-life care, Grief and bereavement and Planning ahead.

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Care search is a website for everyone and provides evidence based information about palliative care.

Dying2Learn: A place to start the conversation

Dying2Learn is an online course that aims to enable Australians to be more comfortable talking about death and dying, understand what shapes our views and attitudes, and be confident when addressing issues that will affect us all at the end-of-life.