Communication with patients at end of life and their family, carers and other chosen support people is essential for planning and decision making about current and future care. These conversations are not easy. Training and discussion prompts can help with skill development.
While many hospitals have fact sheets about communication these additional resources may help when discussing end of life:
Communication with patients, families and carers about end-of-life care involves shared decision making which includes: introducing choice, describing options, often by integrating the use of patient decision support, and helping patients explore preferences and make decisions.  The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has many different resources that can help with shared decision making.
The Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, Supporting Decision making guide was developed for people living with dementia, family members and carers support people living with dementia to make decisions about their care.
Visit End-of-Life Essentials patient-centred communication and shared decision making module.
Shared decision-making module
Communicating for End-of-Life - A Toolkit for patients with an intellectual disability
Serious Illness Conversation Guide (589kb pdf)
Open and Respectful Communication
Last updated 21 November 2022