End of life law


The online course comprises thirteen modules covering the following topics:

  1. The role of law in end of life care
  2. Capacity and consent to medical treatment
  3. Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment
  4. Advance care planning and advance care directives
  5. Substitute decision-making for medical treatment
  6. Providing palliative medication
  7. Children and end of life decision-making
  8. Futile or non-beneficial treatment
  9. Emergency treatment for adults
  10. Managing conflict
  11. Voluntary assisted dying and the law
  12. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and end of life law
  13. Inclusive end of life decision-making for diverse populations.


Intermediate to advanced

Target audience

Medical specialists including GPs and trainee specialists involved in end-of-life decision making, junior medical practitioners in the hospital setting, medical degree students, nurses, and allied health professionals.

Time to complete

15-30 minute per module


Queensland University of Technology; Professor Ben White , Professor Lindy Wilmott,  Professor Patsy Yates, Dr Shih-Ning Then


The course aims to address current gaps in clinicians’ knowledge of end of life law. Course content includes an overview of the law and its application to clinical practice, case studies, legal case examples, and self-assessment activities. The online training is complemented by the End of Life Law in Australia website.

This activity is accredited for CPD hours by RACGP, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM), and College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM).

Continuing professional development points may be available for nurses and allied health professionals completing the relevant course.

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Last updated 28 February 2024