Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) is a project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health to support quality care at the end of life. It is being delivered by a consortium that brings together three universities and five national bodies from aged care, palliative care and primary care.

The project seeks to promote changes enabling a reduction of avoidable hospital admissions, with shortened stays, and improved quality of care for people supported in residential and community aged care programs.

ELDAC focuses on four streams of work to support these directions:

  • capacity building through access to toolkits and to online and phone support
  • improved care and service provision through technology solutions
  • better understanding of issues through policy briefings and meetings
  • service and sector development through local and regional partnerships.

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

Recommended links

Last reviewed: June 2018

Information from this partner

Found 28 results

Home Care - What I Can Do - Provide Palliative Care

Palliative care is integrated into a clients overall care, as well as the care their family receives.

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

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

Home Care | What I Can Do | Advance Care Planning

An advance care planning discussion will often result in an advance care plan. Advance care plans state preferences about health and personal care and preferred health outcomes.

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

Home Care - What I Can Do - Assess Palliative Care Needs

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

Home Care - What I Can Do - Respond to Deterioration

Clients will experience different illness trajectories depending on the primary diagnosis and presence of other diseases (comorbidities). Across all these illness trajectories, it is important to identify and respond appropriately to deterioration of the client caused by their primary diagnosis or as a result of other disease or events.

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

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.

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

ELDAC-Toolkit What my Organisation can do

This section of the Home Care 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 clients and their families.

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

Home Care - What I Can Do - Manage Dying

This section reviews resources to assist you in recognising that someone is imminently dying and to provide support for dying clients and their families.

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

Home Care - What I Can Do - Work Together

Working as a team means providing integrated care across services - acute, primary, home care and specialist palliative care.

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

Home Care - What I Can Learn

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.

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

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice and information you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo
Feedback