Essential Component 3
There is access to care providers across all settings who are skilled and competent in caring for people requiring end of life and palliative and care

All care professionals everywhere have a role in providing care to people approaching and reaching the end of their lives, their carers and families

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).

Intended beneficial outcomes

  • Patients and families have access to care in a setting appropriate to their needs, as close to home as possible and where safe to do so.
  • Care providers understand the unique contribution they make to the care of people who may be approaching or reaching the end of life, and are supported to fulfil that potential.
  • Care providers have access to the resources and supports required to achieve high quality outcomes.
  • Care providers are supported through the development and dissemination of clinical practice guidelines and pathways.
  • Specialist palliative care providers are structured and resourced to support other services caring for people approaching and reaching the end of life.
  • There is access to culturally and clinically safe end of life and palliative care for all people in NSW.
  • Skills in caring for people approaching and reaching the end of life are core competencies for all health, aged and community care workers.
  • There is support and resourcing for the development of new collaboration initiatives.
  • Non-beneficial or burdensome care is minimised.
  • Technologies and creative care models are developed and used to improve access to people across care environments where traditional care models provide limited access.
All care professionals everywhere have a role in providing care to people approaching and reaching the end of their lives, their carers and families

What tools/resources could support the implementation of this component?

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.

Core Palliative Care Tools

Core Resources

Symptom Assessment Resources

Additional Tools for Specific Populations

Additional Resources for Specific Populations