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 48 - July 2020

Project News - Edition 32 - Feb 2019End-of-Life Essentials is once again the proud recipient of an Australian Department of Health grant, securing funding for the project until 30 June 2023. Outcomes for the next three years include development of four new online modules with targeted learning; extending new Education Hub and evaluating the current Toolkit to facilitate practice change.

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Project News - Edition 47 - June 2020

Project News - Edition 32 - Feb 2019As a health professional, you may be experiencing feelings of grief normally thought to be only associated with loss through death. Wide-ranging feelings can be expected at any time due to losses such as familiar routines, security, employment, a wedding, or even the loss of family, friends or work colleagues.

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