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 with resources to equip care providers with skills and information to help older Australians receive high-quality end of life care.
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 online toolkits for those who provide residential aged care, home care and primary care. Other digital and technology initiatives include a digital dashboard that can be embedded by IT companies for use by clients using their IT system, and a careworker app and online self-care tool, both currently in development.
Service development is supported by the work of facilitators who identify areas of need and support evidence-based approaches to partnership and linkages.
ELDAC maintains 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. 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.
An evaluation framework ensures that we can track activity and assess its effectiveness.