End of Life Law - Legal Protection for Administering Pain and Symptom Relief

Legal Protection for Administering Pain and Symptom Relief

Providing medication for pain and symptom relief is important to ease suffering and improve the quality of life of a person with a life-limiting illness. However, sometimes uncertainty can arise for those giving medication about whether it is lawful, particularly when a person is close to death. The factsheet in this section explains how the law can protect health professionals who provide appropriate medication for pain and symptom relief. You will also find a case study, mythbusters and other resources about the law in this area.

Kate Reed, Nurse Practitioner, talking about breakthrough pain and the law.


  • Training module

An online training module on this topic is available through the End of Life Law for Clinicians training program. To learn more about the training or to register visit the ELLC online training portal.


Page updated 27 March 2024