End of Life Care

“Those who learned to know death, rather than to fear and fight it, become our teachers about life.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist, a pioneer in Near-death studies

This document has been peer reviewed by Fellows of the RACP to help you find high quality CPD resources on end of life care.

 Updated October 2017

Resources are categorised by type:

  1. Key organisations & websites
  2. Webcasts
  3. Courses
  4. Tools
  5. Key journals
  6. Recommended reading

Professional development in end of life care

Most Fellows and trainees will be regularly involved in the care of patients who might die in the next 12 months. Many will also see these patients being given treatment that is not consistent with their preferences, or will not have significant benefit.

Therefore it is important that all physicians are familiar with the issues that arise at end of life and are able to recognise when a patient is entering this stage.

This collection also links to planning tools, legal frameworks and guidance in having the difficult discussions involved in end of life care. 

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1. Key Organisations & Websites

Useful as a starting point and overview of current work in this area

CPD tipCPD TIP:  Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these websites. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • The Australian & New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine
    ANZPM is the specialty medical society for palliative medicine. Their website offers position papers and other helpful publications along with links to events and job opportunities.

  • Advance Care Planning (ACP) Australia
    ACP Australia provides information for professionals about advance care planning and its value. The website includes eLearning modules, ACP legal resources for each jurisdiction, links to resources for patients, research, events, training and contacts for each state. 

  • Advance Care Planning New Zealand
    The Advance Care Planning New Zealand website provides links to planning guides, leaflets, and other useful resources. It also contains stories from individuals sharing their own experiences with advance care planning. 

  • Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet: Palliative Care
    The palliative care section of the HealthInfoNet includes policies, strategies and practice resources on palliative care for Indigenous patients and their families.

  • Hospice New Zealand
    The Hospice New Zealand website includes general information about hospice care and valuable learning resources, including a palliative care handbook, standards for palliative care and a lecture series.

2. Webcasts

Useful for brief overviews of topics and recent developments

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these webcasts in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here.

3. Courses

Useful for in depth, structured learning

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these courses. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

4. Tools

Useful for implementing what you have learned in your daily practice

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these tools. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

5. Key Journals

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time reading these journals in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • BMC Palliative Care
    BioMed Central Palliative Care is an open access, peer-reviewed journal on the clinical, scientific, ethical and policy issues in hospice and palliative care internationally.

  • Death Studies
    This journal covers research, scholarship and practical approaches in bereavement and loss, grief therapy, death attitudes, suicide and death education.

  • Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
    This journal publishes clinical research and best practice on the relief of illness burden for patients with serious illness. It covers palliative care, end of life care, clinical practice and health system issues.

  • Palliative Medicine
    Palliative Medicine is dedicated to improving knowledge and clinical practice in the care of patients with far advanced disease.

6. Recommended Reading

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time spent on these readings in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

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RACP curated collections are managed by the Learning Support Unit, based on the contributions and peer review of Fellows of the College and other experts.

We thank the members of the RACP End of Life Working Party for their contributions to this page.

Tell us what you think about this page and make suggestions for improvement by emailing myresources@racp.edu.au.  

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