Dying and General Practice


Nurses and GPs can support the care of older people who are being cared for and who are dying at home.
When the practice is aware that a patient’s condition has worsened and that they are showing symptoms commonly associated with dying, it is an opportunity to review care arrangements. This may include checking the availability of appropriate supports for the family during the dying process, the need for additional prescribing to deal with common symptom issues, and arrangements for after death care.
It is also a chance to consider if assistance from a palliative care team is needed.

Benefits of Creating a Terminal Care Plan

What Needs to be Considered in Planning Terminal Care

Role of the General Practice Nurse in Terminal Care

Helpful Resources



Page updated 23 May 2017


palliAGED is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.