Expected outcomes

Funded through the National Palliative Care Program, the End of Life Law for Clinicians course aims to address current gaps in clinicians’ knowledge of end of life law. Each training module takes approximately 15-30 minutes to complete. Course content includes an overview of the law and its application to clinical practice, case studies, legal case examples, and self-assessment activities. The online training is complemented by the End of Life Law in Australia website.

End of Life Law for Clinicians

Learning options

The online course comprises ten modules covering the following topics:

  1. The role of law in end of life care
  2. Capacity and consent to medical treatment
  3. Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment
  4. Advance Care Planning and Advance Care Directives
  5. Substitute decision-making for medical treatment
  6. Providing palliative medication
  7. Children and end of life decision-making
  8. Futile or non-beneficial treatment
  9. Emergency treatment for adults
  10. Managing conflict.

Target audience

Medical specialists including GPs and trainee specialists involved in end-of-life decision making, junior medical practitioners in the hospital setting, medical degree students.

For further information

For further information please contact Professors Ben White and Lindy Willmott from the Australian Centre for Health Law Research (ACHLR), and Penny Neller, Project Coordinator, ACHLR.

email: endoflifelaw@qut.edu.au

Last updated 13 August 2021