Older Australians living in residential aged care will be the main beneficiaries from a new $15 million project, End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC). The project aims to improve the care of older Australians through advance care planning and palliative care activities.

The ELDAC project brings together Flinders University, the University of Technology Sydney and Queensland University of Technology. They will partner with leading service providers and other industry groups Palliative Care Australia, Aged and Community Services Australia, Leading Age Services Australia, Australian Health Care and Hospitals Association and Catholic Health Australia.

Heading up the project will be Professor Patsy Yates from The Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education at Queensland University of Technology. Speaking with the Australian Ageing Agenda, Professor Yates said that aged care services were an important partner in the provision of end of life care for older Australians.

“The project will build on existing work and resources using the evidence developed for palliAGED and the expertise of Advance Care Planning Australia. ELDAC will increase capacity by providing access to a set of toolkits for residential, home and primary care plus others that deal with legal issues and service partnerships” she said.

The project will run through to 2020 and all the new information, toolkits and resources will become available on a website.

If you would like to register your interest in receiving information from ELDAC, click here.