Practice Resources

There are many resources that can help you develop your personal skills and knowledge and support your practice.

Learn About Policy and Position Statements

End-of-Life Care, Part A - Processes of Care Sections   
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) with sections on:

  • Patient centred communication and shared decision–making
  • Team work and coordination of care
  • Goals of care
  • Use of triggers to recognise patients approaching the end of life
  • Responding to concerns
Clinical indicators for end of life care and palliative care
Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine

ANZICS statement on Care and decision-making at the end of life for the critically ill
Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society, 2014

End-of-life care and the NSQHS standards (931kb pdf) 
ACSQHC Fact Sheet on end of life care

Masso M, Samsa P, Grootemaat P (2016) Rapid review of the literature to inform the development of quality and safety indicators for end-of-life care in acute hospitals. (1MB pdf) ACSQHC, Sydney.

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (1.6MB pdf)
ACQQHC, 2012. Sydney

Standards for Providing Quality Palliative Care for all Australians (633kb pdf)
Palliative Care Australia

Palliative and End of Life Care: A blueprint for improvement (820kb pdf)
NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation

Make use of Communication Guides

Talking About Dying: quick guide

Patient-centred interviewing
Fast Facts #17 Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin

Use for Planning

Running a multidisciplinary care meeting
Cancer Australia, 2016

TeamSTEPPS 2.0 pocket guide (839kb pdf)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, US, 2013

Read About Specific Topics

People and Teams

Nancarrow, SA et al (2013) Ten principles of good interdisciplinary team work, Human Resources for Health (11), 19.

Stansfeld, S. A., Shipley, M. J., Head, J., Fuhrer, R., & Kivimaki, M. (2013). Work characteristics and personal social support as determinants of subjective well-being. PLoS One, 8(11), e81115.

Providing Care

Thomas, RL et al (2014) Goals of care: a clinical framework for limitation of medical treatment, Medical Journal of Australia, 201 (8), 452-5.

Virdun C, Luckett T, Davidson PM, Phillips J. Dying in the hospital setting: A systematic review of quantitative studies identifying the elements of end-of-life care that patients and their families rank as being most important. Palliative Medicine, 2015 Oct;29(9):774-96.

Advance Care Planning

Carter et al (2015) Advanced care planning in Australia: What does the law say? Australian Health Review, CSIRO Publishing

Johnstone et al (2009) Ethics and advance care planning in culturally diverse society, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 405-416.


Farmer, D. F., & Yancu, C. N. (2015). Hospice and palliative care for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults: The effect of history, discrimination, health disparities and legal issues on addressing service needs. (407kb pdf) Palliat Med Hosp Care Open J, 1(2), 36-43.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse

Hiruy, K., & Mwanri, L. (2014). End-of-life experiences and expectations of Africans in Australia: Cultural implications for palliative and hospice care. Nursing ethics, 21(2), 187-197.

Koffman, J. (2014). Servicing multi-cultural needs at the end of life. Journal of renal care, 40(S1), 6-15.

Cultural Competency in Health. NHMRC, PowerPoint Presentation

Culturally Diverse Communities and End-of-Life Care
American Psychological Association

Clark, K & Phillips. J (2010) End of life care: the importance of culture and ethnicity (495kb pdf), Australian Family Physician, 39 (4), 201-213.

Palliative Care Resources at the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Care

Cultural competency in the delivery of health services for indigenous people
Closing the gap: AIHW

Cultural Safety Factsheet (323kb pdf)
Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association

AIDA Cultural Safety Toolkit (379kb pdf)
Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association


Advance Care Planning Australia
Information on advance care planning in your state

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Care
CareSearch Website

Education Options

End-of-Life Essential Education Modules
Flinders University

Health Workforce Education Options (Palliative Care)
CareSearch website

Last updated 28 March 2017