A training program to support clinical practice

End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC) is a free training program for medical practitioners, medical students, nurses, and allied and other health professionals about the law relating to end of life decision-making. It seeks to improve clinicians’ knowledge and awareness of the law at end of life, and support their delivery of quality end of life and palliative care. ELLC is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. 

ELLC comprises 10 free online training modules on palliative and end-of-life law, and case-study based workshops. Topics covered include:

  • The role of law in end of life care
  • Capacity and consent to medical treatment
  • Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment
  • Advance Care Planning and Advance Care Directives
  • Substitute decision-making for medical treatment 
  • Legal protection for administering pain and symptom relief
  • Children and end of life decision-making
  • Futile or non-beneficial treatment
  • Emergency treatment for adults
  • Managing conflict

ELLC is complemented by End of Life Law in Australia, a resource that provides accurate, relevant information for the community about the law at end of life in each State and Territory. 

To learn more download a free ELLC brochure (183kb pdf) or the ELLC Training Curriculum 2021-2023 (355kb pdf). Register at the End of Life Law for Clinicians training portal.

Page last updated 05 October 2021