191769 - End of Life Law for Clinicians
This activity comprises ten free interactive online modules (15 - 30 minutes duration) on key aspects of end of life law encountered by General Practitioners in practice. The modules aim to improve practitioners' knowledge of end of life law; assist them to support patients (and patient's families) with end of life decision-making; and enhance their confidence to manage legal issues that arise in practice.
Topics covered include capacity and consent to medical treatment, withholding and withdrawing treatment, advance care directives, substitute decision making, providing palliative medication, futile or non-beneficial treatment, emergency treatment, end-of-life decision making for children, and managing disputes.
The modules contain information about key end of life laws in each Australian jurisdiction, as well as legal case studies, interactive exercises, self-assessment quizzes, legal cases and further readings to promote reflective learning.
General Practitioners have a critical clinical role in end of life care, including undertaking Advance Care Planning (ACP) and coordinating the care of palliative patients and those with chronic and advanced diseases (e.g. identifying those as risk of deteriorating and dying, and managing terminal care). GPs also play a significant legal role when providing this care, for example, when assessing a patient’s capacity to make treatment decisions; determining who their substitute decision-maker is; or deciding whether to follow a patient’s Advance Care Directive. The ten ELLC modules address the law relating to each of these topics, as well as other issues commonly encountered in and relevant to general practice e.g. futile or non-beneficial treatment, withholding or withdrawing treatment, providing palliative medication.Learning outcomes
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Adult health
- Care of older people
- Children and young people health
- Individuals with disabilities
- Residential care
- Oncology and palliative care
- Pain management