Office for the Public Sector

Change @ South Australia

Dying matters – managing end of life care

Values: trust, collaboration, respect

This project finalised the End of Life Care 7 Step Pathway policy, guidelines and resuscitation plan, piloted the use of a 7 Step Pathway across the interface of aged and acute care, and obtained clinician feedback in order to conduct a wider trial across SA Health Local Health Networks.

The advent of an aging population brings many challenges to the health and aged care sectors. This project focused on the care for patients nearing the end of their lives. It established a transparent, step-by-step process for clinicians to make appropriate decisions about end of life care with patients and their carers.

The project team successfully developed an educational package and delivered interactive training sessions with a small group of clinicians which will contribute to the development of a broader educational package necessary for wider implementation of the 7 Step Pathway across SA Health Local Health Networks.  A state-wide clinical education strategy will be developed to enable consistent application across the health system, and information packs will also be developed to explain the 7 Step Pathway to patients and their families.

Now that this project has concluded a broader trial of the 7 Step Pathway will be initiated in specific wards in:

Strategic priority

Safe communities, healthy neighbourhoods

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