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.
SA Health Resources
National Safety and Quality Service Standard 5: Comprehensive Care
The NSQHS Standard 5: Comprehensive Care describes actions that need to be met for accreditation:
5.15 The health service organisation has processes to identify patients who are at the end of life that
5.16 The health service organisation providing end-of-life care has processes to provide clinicians with access to specialist palliative care advice
5.17 The health service organisation has processes to ensure that current advance care plans:
- can be received from patients
- are documented in the patient’s healthcare record
5.18 The health service organisation provides access to supervision and support for the workforce providing end-of-life care
5.19 The health service organisation has processes for routinely reviewing the safety and quality of end-of-life care that is provided against the planned goals of care
5.20 Clinicians support patients, carers and families to make shared decisions about end-of-life care in accordance with the National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care
The ACSQHC has also published the National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality paediatric end-of-life care, for delivering safe and high-quality end-of-life care to children.
The SA Health Accreditation Resource Standard 5: Comprehensive Care identifies the resources that are available to support each action.
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
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
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,
Safety and Quality
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