Care at the End of Life
“You matter because you are you and you matter to the last moment of your life and we will do all we can, not only to let you die peacefully but to help you live until you die.” - Dame Cicely Saunders
Care at the End of Life Strategy
The GCPHN aims to support and improve the coordination of care for patients to move efficiently and effectively between the health care settings that they choose to receive care. One of our visions whilst building a world class health system for the Gold Coast is to ensure that patients receive the right care at the right care at the right place at the right time and this vision is particularly relevant to service delivery at the Care at the End of Life.
This strategy is aimed at helping people who are dealing with failing health, helping clinicians dealing with death and dying in the health system, and in caring for people of all ages as they face the end of their life. This is a stressful time, and our aim is to assist with navigation and pathways through the systems that people interact with at the end of life, also bringing a sense of clarity to the Health Care Teams to guide patients and their families. This page can connect people with resources, education and information to be better informed.
GCPHN has been working in collaboration with the GC Hospital and Health Service since 2015 on the State-Wide End of Life Care Strategy. With the common goal of ensuring that the local strategies are inclusive of the Primary Care Sector, with common goals, language and education to best connect teams (which always includes the consumers of care).
One of the aims of this activity is to enhance the current End of Life Pathways, Clinician Support, and Education to be providing high-quality end-of-life care that can help people to achieve the best possible quality for their life as they approach death. This will ensure that everyone is included in the efforts to improve care at the end of life for residents of the Gold Coast.
The QLD Care at the End of Life Strategy
provides the State services with guidelines, underpinned by a robust state-wide framework and the local health services work to localise the strategy to best meet the needs of the GC community.
The strategy also recognises the pivotal role of individuals being empowered to undertake ACP
and to make informed decisions about their own healthcare, and the role of all health professionals in the identification of patient needs and supporting the delivery of high-quality end-of-life care.
The Department of Health (DoH) anticipates Hospital and Health Services (HHSs), and other providers will need to work collaboratively to implement this strategy. The DoH will monitor, evaluate, report and share progress towards achievement of the service directions outlined in this strategy.