Background to the PA Toolkit

In Australia, the proportion of people dying in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) has steadily increased over the last two decades. Residents entering RACFs are increasingly frail and often highly dependent with multiple co-morbidities. The complex needs of residents and their families have prompted recognition of the importance of providing a palliative approach to care in RACFs.

The PA Toolkit is a set of clinical, educational and management resources designed to guide and support RACFs to implement a comprehensive, evidence-based, person-centred and sustainable approach to palliative care for appropriate residents. The model of care underpinning the PA Toolkit uses a resident’s estimated prognosis to trigger three key clinical processes: advance care planning, palliative care case conferences and use of an end of life care pathway. Focused on these key processes, resources in the PA Toolkit provide evidence-based information and tools to assist RACF managers, clinicians, educators and care staff to undertake, review and continuously improve their palliative and end of life (terminal) care practices.

Why use the PA Toolkit?

History of the PA Toolkit

Further information