Delivery of end-of-life care in the acute setting


The education modules are designed to assist clinical staff working in acute hospitals in delivering end-of-life care. They provide clinically relevant and evidence based learning materials with quizzes, evidence-based links and educational videos.

The following modules are now available:

Understanding the context of dying and death

  • The importance of coordinating patient care
  • End-of-life care for diverse communities
  • Dying, a normal part of life
  • Chronic complex illness end-of-life care
  • Emergency department end-of-life care
  • Paediatric end-of-life care

Patient states of mind

  • States of mind at the end of life
  • Assessing patient states of mind at the end of life
  • Clinical management of anxiety, depression and more

Clinical skills in end-of-life care

  • Recognising the end of life
  • Patient-centred communication and shared decision-making
  • Planning end-of-life care - goals of care
  • Responding to concerns
  • Teams and continuity for the patient
  • Imminent death - how to respond

Accreditation and Management

  • Meeting the standards
  • Clinical change management



Time to complete

25-50 minutes per module

Target audience

Health professionals


End-of-life Essentials, Flinders University


Interactive, peer-reviewed and evidence-based education for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who work in acute hospitals. Clinicians are encouraged to examine their own practice and build on their individual expertise across a wide range of issues which are fundamental to quality and safe end-of-life care in hospitals.

Doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals will find specific resources and learning opportunities within each module for their own professional perspective.

Toolkits (My Toolkits) are also available. These include action checklists and resources with links to videos, blogs, podcasts and further reading to help you maintain your knowledge about end-of-life care and facilitate discussion and engagement at work.

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Last updated 28 February 2024