Quality care at the end of life in residential aged care

Since 2005, Palliative Care Australia has been working to implement the Guidelines for a palliative approach in residential aged care. The Guidelines was launched by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing in 2004 and approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council in December 2005.

Palliative Care Australia has been funded by DoHA to complete a number of projects to promote and implement the Guidelines which has resulted in the production of a suite of education and training resources aimed at improving quality care at the end of life in residential aged care facilities.

These projects have included:

  • implementation of an awareness raising strategy to introduce the guidelines to staff in residential aged care facilities
  • provision of educational opportunities for general practitioners about the guidelines
  • creation of a Residential Aged Care Palliative Approach Network supported by a newsletter
  • development of teaching resources
  • production of educational and training resources.

In implementing these projects, PCA has worked with a number of partner organisations including Aged and Community Services Australia, Aged Care Association of Australia, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, and the Australian General Practice Network.

For further information on aged care resources and projects, call 02 6232 4433 or email pcainc@palliativecare.org.au

Teaching resources
In 2005, the Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council developed two units of competency for a palliative approach for Certificate III and Certificate IV qualifications. These units of competency were endorsed by the National Quality Council in January 2006 and subsequently by education ministers across Australia.

Palliative Care Australia has developed training resources for the competency units:

  • CHCPA01A – Deliver care services using a palliative approach
  • CHCPA02A – Plan for and provide care services using a palliative approach
For more information see our resource pages.
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