End-of-Life Essentials

Expected Outcomes    

The modules develop knowledge and skills to recognise end-of-life issues, to enhance communication strategies and to gain confidence in caring for patients and their families in acute hospitals requiring end-of-life care.

The toolkit resources will sustain and support learning and help learners apply this knowledge in practice.

End-of-Life Essentials Education Modules

The education modules provide clinically relevant and evidence based learning materials with quizzes, evidence based links and educational videos. 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.
Module 1: Dying, a normal part of life
Module 2: Patient-centred communication and shared decision-making
Module 3: Recognising the end-of-life
Module 4: Planning End-of-Life care - Goals of care
Module 5: Teams and continuity for the patient
Module 6: Responding to concerns
Module 7: Emergency department end-of-life care
Module 8: Paediatric end-of-life care
Module 9: Chronic complex illness end-of-life care
Module 10: Imminent death - How to respond

Target audience

All clinical staff working in acute hospitals involved in delivering end-of-life care.

End-of-Life Essentials Toolkit

The End-of-Life Essentials Toolkit is currently under development. The Toolkit will contain templates, literature, posters, videos and other resources to help you maintain your knowledge about end-of-life care and facilitate discussion and engagement in your practice setting. It will be released in October 2016.

Target audience

All clinical staff working in acute hospitals involved in delivering end-of-life care.

For further information

Kim Devery
Head, Palliative Care at Flinders University
Lead, End-of-Life Essentials Project
t: 08 7221 8223  e: kim.devery@flinders.edu.au

End-of-Life Essentials Website


Last updated 13 December 2018