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Queensland Health clinical guidelines

This page contains information about clinical guidelines that have been developed for use within Queensland Health, and are relevant to care at the end of life. Each guideline has a statewide remit. Each facility or Hospital and Health Service have guidelines, procedures and policies—please check with local service providers for more information.

Clinical Guidance for the Dying Patient

The Clinical Guidance for the Dying Patient is a multidisciplinary document for use in the last days of life. It is a framework that supports health professionals to deliver the best quality care.

The Clinical Guidance for the Dying Patient has been approved for statewide use within Queensland Health hospital facilities.
Please note: The Clinical Guidance for the Dying Patient aims to support but does not replace clinical judgement. Care outlined in the Clinical Guidance for the Dying Patient must be altered if it is not clinically appropriate for the individual client.

Once the Clinical Guidance for the Dying Patient is commenced progress notes are documented using the  Clinical events/variance page. (PDF 1.37 MB)

Residential Aged Care End of Life Care Pathway

The Residential Aged Care End of Life Care Pathway is a Queensland Health care plan that guides the provision of good quality care in the last days of life in residential aged care. It incorporates evidence and consensus-based best practice clinical management and care coordination for dying residents. It is managed statewide by the Metro South Hospital and Health Service.

Read more about the Residential Aged Care End of Life Care Pathway.

End-of-life care: Decision-making for withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining measures from adult patients

The End-of-life care: Decision-making for withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining measures from adult patients Implementation Guidelines have been developed to support Queensland Health's policy about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining measures from adult patients.

Informed decision-making in healthcare

The Queensland Health guide to informed decision-making in healthcare includes information about informed decision-making and consent for:

  • the general informed decision-making process
  • adults who lack capacity to make decisions
  • children and young people
  • specific healthcare situations
  • communication and cultural issues.

Guidelines for the handling of medication in community based palliative care services in Queensland

The Community Palliative Care Medication Guidelines presents consensus-based best practice for the handling of medications(s) by individuals and staff of community-based care services.

Last updated: 10 October 2017