What is palliative care
Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to specialised medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress of a terminal diagnosis. Palliative care identifies and treats symptoms which may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social. Because palliative care is based on individual needs, the services offered will differ but may include:
• Relief of pain and other symptoms
• Resources such as equipment needed to aid care at home
• Assistance for families to come together to talk about sensitive issues
• Links to other services such as home help and financial support
• Support for people to meet cultural obligations
• Support for emotional, social and spiritual concerns
• Counselling and grief support
• Referrals to respite care services
End of life care is a family-centred model of care, meaning that family and carers can receive practical and emotional support.
Who is palliative care for?
For people of any age who have been told that they have a terminal illness that cannot be cured. End of life care assists people with terminal 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, end of life care can be beneficial from the time of life-limiting diagnosis.
Who is in the palliative care team?
The palliative care team is typically made up of but not limited to;
• Your GP
• Aged care worker
• Health care provider
• Family carers.
• Specialist palliative care nurse
Where is palliative care provided?
End of life care is provided where the person and their family want, where possible. This may include:
• At home
• A hospice
• Residential aged care facility
Many people indicate a preference to die at home and making this possible often depends on several factors, including:
• The nature and severity 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 ask your:
• Aboriginal Health Worker
• Hospital Liaison Officer
• HACC Worker
• Home Care Provider
• My Aged Care Website
To find out how we can help enrich your life in end of life care, call 07 3314 2575 or visit and send an enquiry on line.