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Victoria's Palliative Care Program

Palliative care is an approach that:

'improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.' (World Health Organisation)

Specialist palliative care services can support people with a life-threatening illness in a number of ways including:

Palliative care services are delivered in a number of settings - from people's homes through to acute health services and highly specialised settings.

Strengthening palliative care: Policy and strategic directions 2011-2015

The Minister for Health, launched Strengthening palliative care: Policy and strategic directions 2011-2015 on 26 August 2011.

This policy will guide the work of palliative care services, consortia and government from 2011 to 2015. The actions outlined in this policy will equip specialist palliative care services in Victoria to meet growing demand for palliative care. The strategic directions in this policy are consistent with the Victorian Health Priorities Framework 2012-2022: Metropolitan Health Plan.

The implementation strategy sets out the actions that will be taken towards achieving the policy's vision, including performance measures, responsibility for implementation, evidence required and timeframes to commence implementation.

Strengthening palliative care: Policy and strategic directions 2011-2015 (pdf, 2.95mb)

Strengthening palliative care policy. Second year report 2011-15

Strengthening palliative care policy. First year report 2011-12

  Strengthening palliative care implementation strategy

Strengthening care for children with a life-threatening condition: A policy for health, palliative care, disability, children’s services and community care providers 2008–2015 (PDF, 905kb)