- A range of palliative care services is available across Victoria.
- Services include community palliative care, inpatient palliative care, consultancy teams, outpatient clinics and day hospices.
- The palliative care Online Directory Tool locates a service by postcode.
There is a range of specialist palliative care services available within Victoria offering advice, information, referral and support for a person with a life-threatening illness, their family, friends, carers and health professionals.
Scope of palliative care services
Palliative care services comprise:
- Community palliative care: provides holistic care including nursing care, allied health, respite and practical support, as well as information, equipment, medications and access to medical review and assessment in peoples’ homes.
- Inpatient palliative care: provides care to patients who require complex symptom and pain management or end of life care. Palliative care beds are located within acute hospitals as part of purpose-built subacute units or services, and as stand-alone services.
- Consultancy teams: provide advice, support, education and training to treating teams in hospitals, across acute and subacute services, to outpatient clinics and to community palliative care services.
- Outpatient clinics: provide interdisciplinary assessment, care planning and interventions early in the care pathway of a person diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
- Day hospices: provide activities and psychosocial and emotional support for people with life-threatening illnesses and respite for their carers.
Referring to a palliative care service
Most community-based palliative care providers accept direct referrals, but many inpatient services require a referral from a medical practitioner.
Locating palliative care services
Palliative care consultancy services
Reviewed 05 October 2015