Guiding end of life directions for aged care

Providing Australians with support and the right advice on palliative care and advance care planning will be easier with a $15 million injection by the Commonwealth Government.

 

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt officially launched the End of Life Directions for Aged Care project on 15 June 2018, including a website that provides palliative care and advance care planning resources.

 

The End of Life Directions for Aged Care website was developed by a consortium of eight partners comprising three of Australia’s leading universities and five peak industry bodies.

 

“The End of Life Directions for Aged Care website provides a one-stop resource for this crucial service, whether in residential aged care or at home,” Mr Wyatt said.

 

“The End of Life Directions for Aged Care consortium has also developed five toolkits that provide practical information to support people working in aged care and in primary health care.

 

“As well as this, the consortium operates a telephone and web-based support service to help aged care workers, nurses and general practitioners with information about end-of-life care and local services.”

 

The consortium will be providing additional support to strengthen links and information sharing between service providers to improve palliative care for older Australians.

 

“Building up these partnerships will help lift the capacity of organisations across the country to deliver palliative care,” Mr Wyatt said.

 

“Importantly, the partnerships will involve different sections of the community, including people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex groups.”

 

The Government is prioritising palliative care, with $32.8 million in funding in the 2018-19 Budget through the Better Quality of Care Comprehensive Palliative Care in Aged Care initiative, to extend choice for older Australians.

 

The End of Life Directions for Aged Care website is available at https://www.eldac.com.au/

 

Telephone help is available by calling 1800 870 155.

 

16 June 2018.