Tools and resources for health services on end-of-life care

The Commission has developed a range of tools and resources to support health services to improve the safety and quality of end-of-life care.

End-of-life care audit toolkit

The End-of-life care audit toolkit contains a series of tools for undertaking and end-of-life care audit and staff survey. It is designed to help health service organisations to examine and improve the quality of their delivery of end-of-life care.

Developing the end-of-life audit toolkit

To support hospitals measure and identify opportunities for improvement in end-of-life care, the Commission partnered with the Australian National University and ten Australian hospitals, to develop and test the end-of-life care audit and clinician survey.

Following the completion of a two stages of testing, the tools were brought together in an End-of-life Care Audit Toolkit which includes:

  • End-of-life care audit tool
  • Clinician survey tool
  • Hospital demographic information survey tool
  • Data dictionary
  • Analysis advice with a plan and table templates
  • Presentation template.

The summary report of testing is available for download.

The findings of the pilot of the initial end-of-life care audit and survey tools is also available.

End-of-life care Consensus Statement infographic

EOLC essential elements infographic

Review of indicators for safe and high-quality end-of-life care

The Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong undertook a rapid review for the Commission. The review examined existing work on the development of indicators to measure the safety and quality of end-of-life care in acute hospital settings.