End of life care for health professionals
End of life care describes the care and treatment delivered by health professionals, carers and other support staff to a person who is living with a life-limiting illness such as chronic or malignant disease. A person is considered to be ‘approaching the end of their life’ if they are likely to die within the next 12 months.
End of Life Care Strategy
SA Health has commenced work on the development of an End of Life Care Strategy. The End of Life Care Strategy enables a targeted and coordinated approach to improving the quality of end of life care services for South Australians.
Person-centred care at the end of life
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 the clinical care practices and administrative processes to support person centred care at the end of a person’s life is available on the following webpages:
Information for consumers on these topics is available on the End of life care webpage.
Palliative care services
When a person has been diagnosed with a progressive, life limiting illness and their care needs cannot be met by their primary care team, palliative care teams can provide specialist advice and support about how to control symptoms, maximise function and maintain the persons’ quality of life. Information on how to access specialist palliative care support is available on the Palliative care services webpage.