Providing Care

Providing Care

When providing care it is important to have information that reflects the context and phase of care. 

Symptoms and Medicines

This section in the Evidence Centre is a gateway to fast and reliable access to inform your clinical practice. It provides an overview of common symptoms and how to manage medications in the terminal phase. 

The Clinical Evidence section in CareSearch provides more evidence-based information on the common symptoms encountered in palliative care.

For practical guidance on symptom management before the terminal phase visit the GP section in CareSearch.

Working with Families

The support and care of families as well as patients is a crucial part of end-of-life care.
CareSearch has a set of patient and family resources.
Therapeutic Guidelines has a section on support for families and carers in palliative care.

Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

This fact sheet provides information for GPs to improve services for Stolen Generations survivors: Working with the Stolen Generations: understanding trauma (296kb pdf)

Case Conferences

Case Conferences can help to review and clarify goals of care and treatment options.
Including patients and carers where possible is valuable.

Recognising Dying

Recognising dying is the first step in terminal care management.
The palliAGED app (available as an app or online) includes a section Recognising Dying.
The Residential Aged Care End of Life Care Pathway (RAC EoLCP) is a care plan that guides the provision of good quality end-of-life (terminal) care in residential aged care.

Page updated 06 November 2019