Palliative care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is person and family-centered care that is provided for someone with progressive and advanced disease and for whom the primary goal is now optimising quality of life rather than cure. Palliative care helps people live their life as fully and comfortably as possible, by identifying needs and effectively treating symptoms. These needs and symptoms may be physical, emotional, spiritual, cultural or social. Because Palliative Care is based on individual needs, the services offered will differ but may include:

  • Resources such as equipment at home
  • Relief of pain and other symptoms e.g. nausea
  • Support for families to talk and plan together
  • Links to other services such as home help and financial support
  • Support for emotional, social and spiritual concerns
  • Counselling and grief support
  • Referrals to respite care services

Who is Palliative Care for?

Palliative Care is for pople of any age who have been told that they have a serious illness that cannot be cured. Palliative care assists people with illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease and end-stage kidney or lung disease to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. For some
people, palliative care may be beneficial from the time of diagnosis with a serious life-limiting illness.
Palliative care can be given alongside treatments given by other doctors.

Who is in the Palliative Care team?

Palliative care is provided by a wide range of people, including your GP, palliative care and community nursing, aged care workers, specialists and any other health care provider. Family and friends also have a part to play in supporting those living with a life limiting illness and the carer as
well. The community can also support families with a range of support and assistance. Everyone has 
a part to play in palliative care.

Where is palliative care provided?

Palliative care can be provided where the person and their family wants, where possible. This can include, at home, in hospital, in a hospice or a residential aged care Facility.
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Being able to have palliative care at home can depend on several factors:

  • the nature of the illness and amount of care the person needs
  • how much support is available from the person’s family and community
  • whether the person has someone at home who can provide physical care and support for them.

How do I get Palliative Care?

For help and information speak to your:

  • Doctor
  • Aboriginal Health Worker
  • Nurse
  • Or call Central Intake to refer yourself or a loved one into community palliative care : 1800 654 324

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