Improving palliative and end of life care
Under the Greater Choice for at Home Palliative Care measure, COORDINARE will implement a suite of activities across the region to improve awareness of local palliative care options and facilitate access to palliative care services at home.
Greater Choice for at Home Palliative Care measure
We are committed to working with community, general practice, LHDs and service providers to:
- raise awareness of early advance care planning discussions
- raise consumer awareness of local palliative care systems and support
- build capacity and skills within the primary care workforce
- promote and support system integration across the sector
- develop a data driven approach to palliative and end of life care.
Enhancing palliative and end of life care
We are committed to improving health experiences and outcomes for older people, and those receiving palliative and end of life care.
View our stories of success to learn more about the work we've been involved in:
- Advance care planning in general practice
- Building capacity in community pharmacy
- Palliative care in RACFs
Click on the link below to find services we currently commission.
Voluntary assisted dying
The NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2022 allows eligible people the choice to access voluntary assisted dying in NSW from 28 November 2023, and will be embedded in end-of-life pathways across the region.
Patients must be informed about all options available to them including palliative care and other treatment options. Find further information at the links below, or scroll down the page to view the video library:
Advance Care Planning Toolkit
The Advance Care Planning Toolkit provides a practical guide for general practice teams to assist patients to navigate the advanced care planning process.
It describes how to successfully implement advance care planning in a practice as a CQI activity, and for PIP QI and CPD purposes.
Building palliative and end of life care capacity
We work with clinicians, care providers and our local communities to deliver person-centred care and support. Resources to support your palliative and end of life care learning and education can be found below.
COORDINARE has developed the following guides in recognition of the growing demand on palliative care services within the region, and the critical role that GPs can play in supporting palliative and end of life care (please note - these Models of Care are currently under review, some content may not be current):
- A palliative and end-of-life model of care for Illawarra Shoalhaven
- Considerations for a palliative and end-of-life model of care for Southern NSW
View the Southern NSW palliative care resource document for information on understanding a patient's needs and requirements for ongoing care, and the services available to support your patient and their carers.
You can also find more clinical support websites and resources for GPs and other health professionals below.
- Advance Care Planning flyer - COORDINARE, Advance Care Planning Australia
- CareSearch GP resources
- Community pharmacy supportive services information Southern NSW / Illawarra Shoalhaven - COORDINARE, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
- End of Life Directions for Aged Care provides information, guidance, and resources
- Health practitioners guide to paramedics' role in palliative care fact sheet
- LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's 'Cycle of Invisibility' resource highlights the need for more education about LGBTIQ+ people living in aged care
- NSW Clinical Excellence Commission's ‘Last days of life' toolkit provides resources to ensure a dying patient receives optimal care
- NSW Health's Advance Care Directive form and information booklet provides advance care planning advice
- NSW Health's Core palliative care medicines list for NSW Community Pharmacy
- The palliAGEDgp app helps GPs manage older patients needing a palliative approach to care
- Palliative Care Australia and Palliative Care NSW are the national and state peak bodies promoting quality palliative care
- RACGP palliative and end-of-life care
- Symptom Control in Palliative Care 6th Edition Dr Benjamin Thomas with Dr Roger Cole, Palliative Care Service Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD
- Therapeutic Guidelines: Palliative care is essential for practitioners / carers involved in the management of patients with life-limiting illnesses.
Below are some training resources which may be helpful for learning about palliative and end of life care:
- Advance Care Planning Australia Learning free eLearning hub
- Indigenous Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (IPEPA) is a grassroots approach to breaking down the barriers to palliative care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia
- Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) provides workplace training, workshops and support networks for GPs, nurses, and allied health
- The Advance Project empowers aged and primary care professionals to initiate advance care planning and palliative care
- The Palliative Care Bridge delivers educational videos and resources for health professionals
- The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia provides online palliative care training for pharmacists.
What is palliative Care?
Developed by Hunter New England and Central Coast PHN - May 2023. Join presenter Charles Broadfoot from the PHN as he talks all things Palliative Care with Dr Ashwin Kaniah GP and Palliative Care Trainee, Angela Martin, Nurse Practitioner and Kylie Hutchinson, Death Doula.
Voluntary Assisted Dying webinars
Developed by COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN - May 2023.