Advance care planning

  • The Advance Care Planning Australia website has information on Australian processes for each state and territory.
  • From Dementia Australia National Quality Dementia Care Initiative the Start2talk website can help you to initiate conversations about planning for end of life.
  • You can find more information about Advance Care Planning in your practice in the Advance Care Planning page in the palliAGED Practice Centre.
  • Using My Health Record is an information sheet on how to store and access advanced care planning and goals of care documents.
  • The document A National Framework for Advance Care Planning documents (2021) is the primary document from which all states / territories are to refer when creating or changing existing legislation to develop consistency across the country.

After death care

  • Services Australia website has information on what to do when someone dies. This can guide you in the tasks that follow such as registering the death and finalising an estate.
  • The Better Health Channel website has information on what to do after someone dies. A fact sheet that covers practical things such as funerals, where to get help and dealing with grief.
  • The NSW Government has an information sheet for Nurses on verification of death (1.01MB pdf) that outlines roles and responsibilities.
  • To understand more about the procedure of a post mortem visit the SA coroner’s office website for consumers on Post Mortems.
  • Visit the CareSearch website section ‘At the End’ for information suitable for patients and carers.
  • The Palliative Care Australia website has a leaflet on The dying process that explains the changes that you may notice and the signs to look for that death has occurred.

Care of the body

Religious and cultural considerations

Tissue donation

Care of the spirit


Complementary therapies

End-of-Life care

Managing fungating wounds

Multidisciplinary team

Non-malignant / End stage disease


Contributing factors

Self-care strategies

Symptoms and medication management

Symptom Management

Evidence for Medications

Palliative Medications

The Role of the Carer

Working with families

Family meetings

Supporting carers

Last updated 20 August 2021