End-of-Life Essentials

Welcome to End-of-Life Essentials. Most people in Australia will visit an acute hospital in their last year of life. Many of them will die in hospital. This website provides online learning opportunities and practice resources for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to improve the quality and safety of end-of-life care in hospitals.

This new video outlines critical conversations, helping to empower health professionals to make informed decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Resources

End-of-Life Essentials have created new resources to assist health care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic:

 Critical Conversations Video
 Facilitating Goodbyes via Personal Electronic Devices (pdf,193kb)
 Grief Bereavement and Ritual for Health Care Professionals (pdf,129kb)
 Grief Loss and Self Care for Health Care Professionals (pdf,155kb)


More Resources for Hospital Staff

Free online education

End-of-life Essentials education is based on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care. The education is free to use, evidence based and has been peer reviewed by doctors, nurses and allied health professionals around Australia.

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Watch Professor Imogen Mitchell (Dean, ANU Medical School & Senior ICU Specialist, Canberra Hospital) talk about dying in the 21st century

My Toolkit

This implementation Toolkit brings together tools, resources, promotional materials and evidence that can be used individually or collectively by users to help them change or sustain new practices or to encourage change within their organisation.

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News and Resources

Provides you with up to date project news, changes in the website and things are happening in the sector
monthly Newsletter, Video Library, presentations and more

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Project News - Edition 46 - May 2020

Project News - Edition 32 - Feb 2019As clinicians, one of the critical conversations to have with vulnerable patients is around the care they would want if they became seriously unwell. This is particularly relevant in older patients or those with chronic or advanced illness.

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Project News - Edition 45 - April 2020

Project News - Edition 32 - Feb 2019The COVID-19 pandemic is altering the way people are living and managing illness. Anxiety, fear and distress may present more frequently in our health care systems. For many people it might also be more difficult to get social support from family and friends who are following physical distancing measures.

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