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End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC

ELDAC is a national specialist palliative care and advance care planning advisory service. This service comprises a comprehensive website and a telephone advisory service. These resources will equip care providers with skills and information to help older Australians receive high-quality end of life care.

The project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health to support quality care at the end of life. It is delivered by a consortium that brings together three universities and five national bodies from aged care, palliative care and primary care. The project builds linkages between healthcare providers in specialist palliative care services and in the aged care sector.

ELDAC builds on existing work and resources to build awareness and encourage their use. Key resources include the palliative care evidence developed for palliAGED and the expertise of Advance Care Planning Australia.

Vision and mission

The project seeks to promote change enabling a reduction of avoidable hospital admissions, with shortened stays, and improved quality of care.

The mission of the project is to improve the quality of care for people in residential and community aged care settings.

How ELDAC can help

ELDAC aims to connect those working with older Australians in aged care, primary care and palliative care with the quality resources available and to facilitate awareness of, and connection between, services, agencies and groups.

Information line

  • Call 1800 870 155 Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm, or
  • Email: eldac.project@flinders.edu.au

Programs, apps and tools

Recommended links

Last reviewed: September 2020

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Residential Aged Care - What I can do

This section of the Residential Aged Care (RAC) Toolkit delivers information on how to provide palliative care and advance care planning for people living in residential aged care and for their families.

Read more on End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC website

Legal - Assisted Dying - Factsheet

End of life decision-making can be challenging for everyone involved in a person’s care, and sometimes disagreements can arise. This factsheet explores what legal and other avenues are available to manage conflict that arises in aged care about medical treatment decision-making.

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Legal - Medication for Pain and Symptom Relief Factsheet

Uncertainty can arise for those giving palliative medication about whether it is lawful, particularly where a person is close to death. This factsheet explains key legal principles about providing palliative medication.

Read more on End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC website

Legal - Substitute Decision-Making Factsheet

Key legal principles on substitute decision-making when aged persons lose their ability to make decisions about their health care.

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Legal - Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment Factsheet

Decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining medical treatment can be difficult. Sometimes they are made by the person themselves (if they have capacity), and sometimes they are made on behalf of the person (if they no longer have capacity). This factsheet explains the key legal principles about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.

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Organisational Support - Residential Aged Care

This section of the RAC toolkit is designed to assist members of your organisation in understanding what actions can be taken to support palliative care and advance care planning for residents and their families.

Read more on End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC website

Education and Learning - Home Care

This section of the Home Care Toolkit provides an opportunity for you to evaluate your learning and development needs and create a personal learning plan.

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Assess Palliative Care Needs - Home Care

Palliative care provides high-quality health care to people living with a life-limiting illness to live as well as they can by focusing on their physical, psychological, cultural, social and spiritual needs. Palliative care that takes a person-centred approach to care will ensure all client needs are met.

Read more on End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC website

Bereavement - Home Care

An older person may grieve due to a decline in physical, mental or cognitive health. It is also important to acknowledge that a client’s family members might start to grieve before their death.

Read more on End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC website

Primary Care - Team Action

In this section, we will be looking at key actions and learnings to enhance the delivery of palliative care and advance care planning in primary care teams.

Read more on End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC website

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