Guidelines providing access to evidence you can trust

Health care quality standards and indicators tell you what outcomes are expected of the care you provide and what structures should be in place or available. Achieving aspirational care goals and standards requires access to evidence-based guidance on what works and how to implement this in practice.

A good place to start is to consider what palliative care guidelines are currently used within your organisation. If there is none or it requires updating, then it is important to know where to access evidence.

However, healthcare practitioners often lack the time and skills to sift through every study, judge its value and decide whether it should be applied in patient care or if there is insufficient evidence. Evidence-based resources including national- and state-based guidelines and guidance documents can help. These might be used directly to guide care or referred to when updating or developing local guidance that better reflects your local care context. Because these sources provide generalised guidance they may or may not be applicable. If not then you will need to search for additional evidence specific to your needs.

Here we list selected guidelines and guidance specific to palliative care and developed in Australia or elsewhere (if available in English). If you know of other guidance documents that might be considered for this collection please contact us at

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