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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

Information from this partner

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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.

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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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Diverse Population Groups - Resources

Older Australians are from many different backgrounds, so each person will express their identity in different ways. Older diverse Australians often face barriers in accessing palliative care services.

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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.

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Provide Palliative Care - Home Care

Palliative care is integrated into a client’s overall care, as well as the care their family receives.

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Primary Care - HealthPathways

HealthPathways is a web-based information portal, designed to be used at the point of care, primarily for general practitioners and other clinicians. In some regions access to HealthPathways may also be available to hospital specialists, nurses, allied health and other health professionals.

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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.

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Primary Care - ELDAC

The Primary Care Toolkit provides an evidenced-based resource for people working in primary care to support palliative care and advance care planning. The toolkit contains links to clinical tools and resources; education, training and quality improvement strategies for palliative care and advance care planning; information on how to access and develop local HealthPathways; and resources to improve coordination and cooperation between services and providers.

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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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End of Life Law - ELDAC

The Legal Toolkit provides practical information about the law at end of life for the aged care sector. It contains useful resources on end of life legal issues commonly encountered in aged care to help you to know the law and to support your practice.

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