End-of-Life Essentials

End of Life Essentials logoThe Australian Government, under the National Palliative Care Projects initiative, has funded the project ‘Education modules on end of life care in acute hospitals’.  This project addresses the following objectives of the National Palliative Care Projects:
  • Improve palliative care education and training of health and aged care workers
The key areas of focus to improve the quality of palliative care service delivery in this Activity are:
  • service provider skill development (frontline worker education and training)
  • knowledge building and awareness
  • collate and distribute palliative care information across the sector
Phase I of the project will focus on the conceptualisation and development of education modules based on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Consensus Statements on End of Life Care in Acute Hospitals.  Topics include:
  • Patient-centered communication  and shared decision making
  • Team work and coordination of care
  • Components of care
  • Using triggers to help recognise patients approaching the end of life
  • Responding to concerns
Implementation (Phase II) will incorporate a systematic review to look at strategies and approaches to support the system and practice changes outlined in the education topics.  An implementation tool kit will be developed to assist managers 
You can find out more about the End of Life Essentials project by visiting the website at End of Life Essentials
For further information, please contact kim.devery@flinders.edu.au 

Last updated 17 January 2017