Why is this an Essential Component?
Evidence for inclusion
'Many health care professionals, families, carers and volunteers are involved in providing care to people who need end of life and palliative care.' (NSW Ministry of Health, 2019)
Equitable access to healthcare including end of life and palliative care is fundamental to health and human dignity and is a basic human right.
Care providers across all settings can play a key role to improve outcomes and experiences for people approaching the end of life, their families and carers (NSW Ministry of Health, 2012). To do this health professionals need to be engaged and supported to undertake continuing professional development, access to appropriate education, development opportunities and to have appropriate supervision (Palliative Care Australia, 2018).
The Agency for Clinical Innovation commissioned CareSearch (Palliative and Supportive Services, Flinders University) to identify local, national and international tools or resources that can potentially be used to implement each of the ten (10) Essential Components of Care within the Blueprint.
To be included, tools and resources were required to be in English, be applicable to the Australian context and be supported by evidence (such as published validation studies, clinical guidelines representing expert consensus, or advice from expert clinicians who were consulted).
The set of tools and resources provided is not intended to be exhaustive, nor is any one tool specifically recommended. Click here for more information on the methodology adopted by CareSearch in identifying these tools and resources.