The following guidance documents have been produced to support healthcare professionals in their understanding of COVID-19 context palliative care.
The documents were prepared through the contributions of the ANZSPM COVID-19 Special Interest Group (COVID-19 SIG). They are intended to provide high level guidance for healthcare professionals.
Peter Allcroft, Pippa Blackburn, Jessica Borbasi, Kim Caldwell, Michael Chapman (Chair), Katarzyna Chmiel, Maria Cigolini, Alexandra Clinch, Adrian Dabschenck, Carol Douglas, Christopher Hall, Helen James, Carly Kiani, Antony Kodsi, Sophia Lam, Wei Lee, Chenlei-Kelly Li, Carol McAllum, Anna Morgan, Christine Mott, Andrew Ng, Michael Noel, Alison Parr, Jane Phillips, Umbreen Qazi, Beth Russell, Meg Sands, Odette Spruijt, Patrick Steele, Lynn Twigley, Amanda Vo, Peter Whan and Jo Wood
These documents are subject to change and will be reviewed regularly as the situation evolves. Please check back to this page regularly for the most up-to-date versions.
|Download:||Palliative Care in the COVID-19 context (version 1, April 2020) (PDF File - 204k)|
Palliative Care Communication in the COVID-19 context (version 1, April 2020) (PDF File - 452k)
Pandemic-Context Palliative Care triage - a response to COVID-19 (version 1, April 2020) (PDF File - 271k)
Solutions to supply and access issues for palliative care medication during COVID-19 (version 1, April 2020) (PDF File - 370k)
Further Symptom Management in COVID-19 patients - Treatment Approaches and Alternative Routes (version 1, June 2020) (PDF File - 702k)
Peri & Post-death COVID-19 care at home (version 1, May 2020) (PDF File - 342k)
Essential PEOLC in the COVID-19 pandemic (version 2, June 2020) (PDF File - 209k)
Visitor Limitations to hospitals and palliative care units in the COVID-19 Context (version 1, August 2020) (PDF File - 224k)
Bereavement and the COVID-19 pandemic (version 2, June 2020) (PDF File - 252k)
An Australian COVID-19 Palliative Care Working Group (ACPCWG) has been formed to support the palliative care response to COVID-19. The ACPCWG is a partnership between Palliative Care Australia (PCA), the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM), Palliative Care Nurses Australia (PCNA), the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine (AChPM) of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) program and Paediatric Palliative Care Australia and New Zealand (PAPCANZ), CareSearch and caring@home.
ACPCWG-related updates and resources are below:
|Download:||Palliative Care during the COVID-19 pandemic - Cains & Coghlan (PDF File - 367k)|
|Download:||Opinion Piece 1: COVID-19 & Australian Specialist Palliative Care (PDF File - 80k)|
The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce brings together the peak health professional bodies across Australia whose members are providing clinical care to people with COVID-19. It undertakes continuous evidence surveillance to identify and rapidly synthesise emerging research in order to provide national, evidence-based guidelines for the clinical care of people with COVID-19. The guidelines address questions that are specific to managing COVID-19 and cover the full disease course across mild, moderate, severe and critical illness. These are 'living' guidelines, updated with new research in near real-time in order to give reliable, up-to-the minute advice to clinicians providing frontline care in this unprecedented global health crisis.
Latest clinical flowchart on palliative care: Management of people with COVID-19 who are receiving palliative care
Through ANZSPM's existing collaboration with the key palliative care peak bodies in NZ, a taskforce on COVID-19 has been rapidly put in place. The taskforce continues to work on developing a range of resources to support all clinicians during the COVID-19 situation. Hospice NZ is hosting on its website resources for both public and health professional information. ANZSPM's Aotearoa Committee is providing regular updates shared with NZ members on the work of the collaboration.
Hospice NZ resources webpage [COVID-19 response support]- www.hospice.org.nz/covid-19/covid-19-for-health-professionals/
Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert - regular updates from the Australian government
Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for the health and aged care sector - up-to-date information for the health and aged care sector
Services Australia News for health professionals
Department of Health MBS online COVID-19 information
COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) - regular updates from the NZ government
The Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) COVID-19 Guidelines
NPS MedicineWise Being medicinewise during COVID-19
The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) COVID-19 website
Hospice NZ resources webpage COVID-19 response support
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Statement from AHPRA and the National Boards in response to COVID-19 and COVID-19 updates
The NZ Cancer Control Agency endorsed National Centre for Infections in Cancer (NCIC) Interim guidelines on COVID-19
CareSearch COVID-19 resources website
The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement's resources on Grief and Bereavement and COVID-19
Northern Care Alliance NHS Group - "COVID-19 and Palliative, End of Life and Bereavement Care in Secondary Care -Role of the speciality and guidance to aid care"
|Download:||COVID-19 and Palliative, End of life and Bereavement Care in Secondary Care (PDF File - 731k)|
BC Centre for Palliative Care Guidelines "Symptom management for adult patients with COVID-19 receiving end-of-life supportive care outside the ICU"
|Download:||BC Centre Symptom Management Guidelines (PDF File - 271k)|
European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) Coronavirus and the Palliative Care Response
Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) Coronavirus Response and Palliative Care
The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) Palliative Care and COVID-19 resources
National Hospice & Palliative Care Organisation (NHPCO) Emergency Preparedness COVID-19 information
Our World in Data Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Statistics and Research
Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center
British Geriatrics Society (BGS) good practice guide: Coronavirus: Managing delirium in confirmed and suspected cases
Centre to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) CAPC COVID-19 Response Resources
NICE have released some guidance on critical care including an algorithm on pre- critical care decision-making
Helix Centre working with Central North West London NHS Trust;- free for use, but please acknowledge the Helix Centre
The NEJM provides a collection of free papers regarding COVID epidemic
UpToDate website on COVID-19
Development of a Palliative Care Toolkit for the COVID19 pandemic (journal pre-proof) - Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Palliating a Pandemic: "All Patients Must Be Cared For" - Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
A Letter of Support for You and Thoughts about COVID-19 - PALLIMED A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog
Start thinking about palliative care in times of a pandemic: the case of corona... - EAPC President Professor Christoph Ostgathe