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 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 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 59 - July 2021

Project News - Edition 58 - June 2021Around half of expected deaths in Australia occur in hospital settings, with this figure predicted to double by 2040, and up to 75% of Australians will present at least once to the emergency department in the last two years of life.

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Project News - Edition 58 - June 2021

Project News - Edition 58 - June 2021Increasing frailty and advancing illness, as well as facing death and dying, affects not only a person physically, but also their emotional, social, spiritual and existential identity.

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