Enhancing End of Life Care: Supporting Tasmanians to Live Well at End of Life

End of Life Care Policy Statement

In 2016, DHHS initiated and funded several projects in relation to end of life care, including:

  • A review of end of life care across the Tasmanian Health Service (acute and community) and Ambulance Tasmania. This review found that there is a need to develop consistent policies, procedures and practices across the service system, including education and training on palliative care, communication skills and the legality of end of life care tools.
  • A suite of community sector projects focusing on community engagement and capacity building for specific population groups, including disability, aged care, CALD, LGBTI, Aboriginal and homeless communities. These projects identified inconsistencies in understanding of end of life care and how it is delivered by service providers.
  • Consultations with general practitioners, which identified a need for ongoing professional development in end of life care (including how to use Medical Goals of Care, Advance Care Directive and have difficult conversations with patients).

In Tasmania, palliative care is delivered in a range of settings (community and acute). It is therefore important that a consistent end of life care planning approach is soundly embedded into the practice of the health and community care sector. This will ensure a whole of system response and approach for Tasmania.

In response to these findings several projects and initiatives are being implemented:

End of Life Care Projects:

  • Enhancing End of Life Care in Aged Services
  • Enhancing End of Life Care Across the Disability Sector
  • Enhancing End of Life Care in Specific Populations
  • Enhancing End of Life Care in General Practice
  • Enhancing End of Life Care - Tasmanian Health Service and Ambulance Tasmania