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Residential aged care end of life care pathway

The Residential Aged Care End of Life Care Pathway (RAC EoLCP) is a care plan that guides the provision of good quality end of life (terminal) care in residential aged care. It incorporates evidence and consensus-based best practice clinical management and care coordination for dying residents in residential aged care facilities.

Implementation of this care plan should be supported by education to all facility staff involved in the end of life (terminal) care of residents. Its use supports, but does not replace, good medical practice and the requirement to exercise clinical judgement. The final decision to commence the pathway is a clinical one, supported by the views of a suitably qualified practitioner and, if possible, the resident and/or their substitute decision maker.


The RAC EoLCP was developed by the Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative (BSPCC) with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

It is recommended that the RAC EoLCP is implemented within a supportive framework. Components of the framework should include:

  • Establishment of dedicated Palliative Care Link Nurses within the RACF
  • Creation of palliative care educational resources, based on RAC EoLCP components, for RACF clinical staff
  • Establishment of a RACF Medication Imprest System that allows for timely access to drugs commonly used at end of life
  • Mechanisms to link RACF staff with Specialist Palliative Care colleagues to improve complex case management
  • Mechanisms to facilitate GP support to provide end of life (terminal) care 'in place'.


Prof Liz Reymond MBBS (Hons) FRACGP FAChPM PhD
Fiona Israel RN MCouns
Dr Margaret Charles PhD MAPS.

If you would like to view a watermarked copy of the RAC EoLCP document please click the below link:
Residential Aged Care End of Life Care Pathway - Watermarked Version (PDF, 1.18 MB)

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Permission is granted for use of the RAC EoLCP subject to the stipulations listed below.

  • You are free to copy and communicate the work in its current form for non-commercial purposes, as long as you attribute the Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaborative.
  • You may not alter or adapt the work in any way. However provision has been made for organisations to insert their logo and name into the header section of the interactive PDF.
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How to use the document

The RAC EoLCP document is an interactive PDF allowing organisations to add their logo and name in the top left hand section of page one, if required.

Note: The RAC EoLCP has been designed to be used as a paper based point of care document therefore this is the only section of the document that may be changed.

To insert your organisation logo and name please follow these instructions:

  • Click on the Queensland Government logo.
  • A 'Select Image File' dialogue box will open.
  • Select the image file required and the image will be uploaded (jpeg file format is recommended).
  • Type the name of the facility in the section [Enter District/Facility/Service Here].
  • Save / Print RAC EoLCP Form.

Please note: BSPCC may periodically invite user organisations to complete satisfaction surveys related to the use of the RAC EoLCP.

Last updated 4 April 2024
Last reviewed 23 January 2023