‘Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients [adults and children] and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems - whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual.' (World Health Organization)
Specialist palliative care services can support people with a life-threatening illness through:
- direct care for people requiring specialist palliative care interventions
- shared care arrangements with other healthcare providers
- consultation and advice to other services and healthcare teams providing end-of-life care
- education and training on palliative care and end of life issues
- undertaking and disseminating research about caring for the dying and their families/carers.
Palliative Care Advice Service
The Palliative Care Advice Service is a phone-based service for anyone seeking specialist guidance and advice about life-limiting illness. It’s for those living with the illness and those who support them, such as family, friends and neighbours and all healthcare workers.
Essential elements of end of life care
A guide to assist acute health services to operationalise the National consensus statement: essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care.
Ready for community palliative care
Making discharge home from hospital safe and secure for people in their last twelve months of life, and for their families and carers.
Information for people, families and carers
A collection of information on end of life and palliative care, available in a variety of formats.
Education and training in palliative care
Overview of education and training programs for palliative care currently available in Victoria.
Palliative care consortia
Palliative care consortia work collaboratively on a region-wide approach to the delivery and development of palliative care services in Department of Health & Human Services regions.
Palliative Care Funding Model review
Information on the Palliative Care Funding Model Review, including links to the Palliative Care Funding Review Report.
Reviewed 22 May 2023