Improving end of life and palliative care
We commission supportive and health-promoting mental health care services while building capability in general practice and other health providers in advance care planning and palliative care.
Enhancing palliative and end of life care
We are committed to improving health experiences and outcomes for older people, and those in palliative care.
View our stories of success, to read more about some of the work we've been involved in:
- Advance care planning in general practice
- Building capacity in community pharmacy
- Palliative care in RACFs
Commissioned service partners
Appropriate end of life care optimises the quality of life for individuals, their families, and carers. It focuses on preventing / reducing a person's suffering, and promotes dignity in dying.
We partner with a range of organisations and stakeholders to build capacity across our communities. We commission services for people living with life-limiting illnesses, and which support end-of-life planning.
Building end of life care capacity
We work with clinicians, care providers and our local communities to deliver person-centred care and support. Resources to support your palliative and end of life care learning and education can be found below.
You can also find more clinical support websites and resources for GPs and other health professionals below.
Resources and guides
- Advance Care Planning flyer - COORDINARE, Advance Care Planning Australia
- Community pharmacy supportive services information for health professionals Southern NSW / Illawarra Shoalhaven - COORDINARE, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
- End of Life Directions for Aged Care provides information, guidance, and resources to support palliative care and advance care planning.
- LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's 'Cycle of Invisibility' resource highlights the need for more education about LGBTIQ+ people living in aged care.
- NSW Clinical Excellence Commission's ‘Last days of life' toolkit provides resources to ensure a dying patient receives optimal care.
- NSW Health's Advance Care Directive form and information booklet provides advance care planning advice.
- NSW Health's Core palliative care medicines list for NSW Community Pharmacy provides information about medicines at end of life.
- The palliAGEDgp app helps GPs manage older patients needing a palliative approach to care.
- Palliative Care Australia and Palliative Care NSW are the national and state peak bodies promoting quality palliative care.
- Therapeutic Guidelines: Palliative care is essential for practitioners / carers involved in the management of patients with life-limiting illnesses.
Below are some training resources which may be helpful for learning about end of life care:
- Advance Care Planning Australia Learning is a free eLearning hub with modules on specific topics such as dementia, advanced communication skills, and areas of care.
- Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) provides funded palliative care workplace training opportunities, workshops and support networks for GPs, nurses, and allied health.
- The Advance Project provides resources and training that empower aged and primary care professionals to initiate advance care planning and palliative care.
- The Palliative Care Bridge delivers educational videos and resources enabling health professionals to gain confidence and specialised knowledge in the delivery of appropriate palliative care to people in need.
- The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia provides online palliative care training for pharmacists.
In recognition of the growing demand on palliative care services within South Eastern NSW, and the critical role that primary care providers can play in supporting end of life care, we commissioned the development of a palliative and end of life model of care for Southern NSW and the Illawarra Shoalhaven.
The models aim to:
- support more consistent involvement of GPs in end of life and palliative care
- strengthen the coordination and management of end of life care between GPs, the specialist palliative care service, primary health nurses, and care providers
- improve outcomes for patients and their palliative care needs, as well as the needs of families and carers, including support for dying at a preferred place.
The models adopt a stepped care approach offering interventions that match an individual’s needs, ranging from the least to the most intensive. They allow an individual to access the right service to meet their needs at the right time, in the right place.