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Healthy dying for people with disability

Healthy dying for people with disability (HD4PWD) supports people with intellectual disability at the end of life. It supports people’s goals and delivers the best possible outcomes in life and death.

The program does this through:

  • better systems and practices
  • great communication
  • educating and connecting everyone involved.

Communicating for end of life - a toolkit is a set of practical resources to build disability service providers’ and health service providers’ capacity and capability. It’s built around five elements – shared:

  • decisions – setting goals together for the end of life
  • accountability – working together to make sure the person understands their condition, so they can plan and make decisions about the end of their life
  • communication – understanding the person’s communication style
  • documentation – writing clear, accurate, relevant and complete information to support safe end-of-life care
  • coordination – promptly coordinating care across service providers.

Working together for best possible outcomes

The risk of adverse events and preventable harm is reduced when everyone works together to support a person with intellectual disability at the end of their life.

The Communicating for end of life toolkit is for:

  • disability support providers
  • families of people living with disability
  • carers
  • health services
  • health care providers.
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Communication is key

Great communication is important to ensure safe, coordinated and continuous care at end-of-life.

Great communication supports person-centered care. Person-centered care:

  • is personalised, enabling, and coordinated
  • provides physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual support
  • achieves a person's goals
  • delivers an ideal experience for people, their families and carers
  • delivers the best outcome.
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Alignment with national safety and quality standards

The recommendations in the toolkit align with the following national quality and safety standards:

  • the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Practice Standards
  • the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards Second edition 2021
  • the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, Aged Care Quality Standards
  • the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards of Practice 5th Edition
  • National Palliative Care Standards, 5th edition, 2018.
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Toolkit training

If you would like to talk to the team about training in the use of the toolkit in your workplace please contact or call 6227 5400 and ask to speak to the Healthy Dying for People with Disability Team.

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Download the toolkit

Download the complete tool kit or individual resources.

Have a question? We're happy to help. Contact the HD4PWD team

The toolkit is made possible through funding from the Department of Social Services Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) program.

Happy to help!

What can we do for you? If you need a hand or more info, get in touch via:

phone on (03) 6227 5400, email or visit us on facebook