Tools and resources

A wealth of resources is available to support palliative and end of life care and learning and education. Key resources are presented below. A directory of palliative/end of life care services can be accessed through HealthPathways.

Guidelines, handbooks & tools
Description & link

Comprehensive clinical guidance and information

HealthPathways – ACT and Southern NSW

Capital Health Network, COORDINARE, ACT Health, SNSWLHD

Comprehensive guidance and information on palliative care. Includes key resources, referral information, and care plan forms
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Clinical guidance

Therapeutic Guidelines: Palliative Care
(Version 4, 2016) 

Therapeutic Guidelines Limited

Evidence-based guidelines for palliative care symptom management and related clinical issues in Australia
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Clinical guidance

palliAGEDgp (smartphone app)

CareSearch / Flinders University

Smartphone-based app for information to support palliative care for GPs
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Clinical guidance, RACF

RACGP Medical care of older persons in
residential aged care facilities: Palliative and
end of life care (Silver Book) (4th ed., 2006)


Clinical guideline for GPs delivering quality health care in residential aged care facilities
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End of life tools and resources

Advanced Care Planning Australia

Austin Health

Provides information and resources to support advance care planning. It produces information resources for diverse consumers and communities, and builds the evidence base

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End of life tools and resources

 Dying to talk  Palliative Care Australia

 Provides tools and resources aimed at encouraging discussion, planning and taking charge of your end-of-life care including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific resources

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End of life tools and resources

End of life directions for aged care

National Consortium

ELDAC is funded by the Australian
Government Department of Health

 Information, guidance, and resources to support palliative care and advance care planning for older people and their families

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End of life tools and resources

Last days of life toolkit

NSW Clinical Excellence Commission

Tools and resources to support high quality palliative and end of life care
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Peak body

Palliative Care Australia website

Palliative Care Australia

Palliative Care Australia is the national peak body for palliative care

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Peak body

Palliative Care NSW website

Palliative Care NSW

The peak body and leading voice in NSW promoting quality palliative care for all

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Tool – NSW advance care directive

NSW Health Advance Care Directive

NSW Health

NSW Health’s Advance Care Directive form, with information and guidance
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Tool – NSW Ambulance

NSW Ambulance Authorised Adult Palliative Care Plan

NSW Ambulance

Supports paramedic decision making in meeting the needs and wishes of patients with palliative needs
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Tool – prognosis support

SPICT™ (Supportive and Palliative Care Indicators Tool)

University of Edinburgh (Scotland)

Assists healthcare professionals identify people at risk of deteriorating
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Tool – early conversations

Your Conversation Starter Kit

Institute for Healthcare Improvement and The Conversation Project

Supports conversations about wishes for palliative and end of life care
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Tool – early conversations


Cabrini Health

Supporting advance care planning with people from different religious and cultural backgrounds
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Note: This list is under development and will be updated regularly.