About the Project
What is ELDAC?
End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) is a national specialist palliative care and advance care planning advisory service. This service comprises a comprehensive website and a telephone advisory service. These resources will equip care providers with skills and information to help older Australians receive high-quality end of life care in familiar surroundings with little or no need for hospitalisation.
ELDAC uses innovative technology solutions to assist those who work in aged care and palliative care. The tools will provide access to information and resources including toolkits for those who provide residential aged care, home care and primary care. A telephone and web-based navigation service will help aged care workers, nurses and GPs to find information about end of life care and relevant local or regional services.
The project is building linkages between healthcare providers in specialist palliative care services and in the aged care sector with the aim of improving the quality of care for people in residential and community aged care settings.
Policy issues will be identified and communicated. Responses from the sectors and industry will be sought to understand how positive change can be facilitated.
Throughout the project there will be active engagement with a range of stakeholders: residential aged care facilities, community aged care providers, specialist palliative care providers, acute care services, advance care planning, GPs and general practices, nurses, regional health services, peak bodies, community networks, Primary Health Networks (PHNs), consumers and carers, and government (Commonwealth, state/territory and local).
Who is involved in developing the resources and ensuring quality?
The ELDAC project is conducted by a national consortium of eight partners – three universities and five national agencies: Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Flinders University of South Australia (FUSA), University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Palliative Care Australia (PCA), Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA), Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), and Catholic Health Australia (CHA).
The project uses robust quality processes to ensure the trustworthiness and relevance of the information provided in the toolkits, through the ELDAC helpline and via the website with navigation services. Information provided on the site is meant to complement and not replace any advice or information from a health professional.
The project has established mechanisms for retrieving emerging evidence for review. In addition, Consortium partners provide updates at each meeting to advise of new initiatives and environmental considerations.
Several evaluation mechanisms have been built in to the project plan. The project will undergo a formal external evaluation.