End of Life Law for Clinicians

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End of Life Law for Clinicians

End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC) is a free training program for medical practitioners, nurses, allied and other health professionals, and students about the law on end of life decision-making.


ELLC’s 13 online training modules and workshops cover laws in all Australian States and Territories relating to:

  • Capacity and consent to medical treatment
  • Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment
  • Advance Care Planning and Advance Care Directives
  • Substitute decision-making for medical treatment
  • Legal protection for providing pain and symptom relief
  • Children and end of life decision-making
  • Futile or non-beneficial treatment
  • Emergency treatment for adults
  • Managing conflict
  • Voluntary assisted dying
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples and end of life law
  • Inclusive end of life decision-making with people from diverse populations
  • The role of law in end of life care.

ELLC is complimented by End of Life Law in Australia, a free website for health professionals and consumers about end of life law.

Clinicians and students who have completed ELLC modules report improved knowledge of end of life law and more confidence applying the law in practice. The training supports delivery of high-quality end of life, palliative and aged care to patients, families and decision-makers, consistent with the National Safety and Quality Health Care Standards and Aged Care Quality Standards.

ELLC’s online modules are approved for CPD/accredited by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the College of Intensive Care Medicine, the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. CPD points may also be claimed from other health professional organisations.

The training is administered by the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), in partnership with the Faculty of Health, QUT.