End of life care
If you are living with a life limiting illness it is important for you to understand your options for treatment and care. The information below can help you with your decision making around care choices at the end of life, and to assist in conversations with your family, friends, carers and your health care team about your wishes and preferences.
Your wishes for future treatment and care
The Advance Care Directives Act 2013 (SA) and the Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Act 1995 (SA) pave the way for a rights-based, person-centred approach to health care.
Information on your health care rights, and documents which help you to record your values, wishes and preferences for treatment and care, are available on the following webpages:
- Your rights and responsibilities
- Advance Care Directive
- Planning Ahead
- Consent to medical treatment and health care
- Resuscitation Plan - 7 Step Pathway
Palliative care services
If your needs cannot be met by your general practitioner or primary care team, you may require advice and support from a specialist palliative care team. Information on how to access specialist palliative care support is available on the Palliative care services webpage.
End of Life Care Strategy
SA Health has commenced work on the development of an End of Life Care Strategy that aims to improve the quality of end of life care services for South Australians, and weave together a range of new and existing services to create innovative and comprehensive care options which are more closely aligned with the needs and preferences of consumers, and their carers and families. Information about the Strategy is available on the End of Life Care Strategy for South Australia webpage.