Palliative Care

Palliative Care

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 the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual. World Health Organisation

Palliative care supports people with a life limiting illness and their families to live, die and grieve well.


How does palliative care differ from other types of care?

Palliative care is not the same as end-of-life care. You can receive palliative care at any stage of your illness. You can also continue treatment for your illness while you are having palliative care.

What is end-of-life care?

End-of-life care is the care and services given to people and their families who are facing the end of their life. An important part of palliative care, End-of-life care is for people of any age and often involves bringing together a range of health professionals to help you to live out your life as comfortably as possible.

Wherever possible you can have end-of-life care where you and your family want. This can be at home, in hospital, in a hospice or a residential aged care facility.


My Palliative Care Journey

My Palliative Care Journey, is an eight part video series of carers sharing their palliative care journey upon losing their loved ones.

The project is a collaborative work under the Greater Choices for at Home Palliative Care measure of Eastern Melbourne PHN, Palliative Care Victoria, Bolton Clarke, and the Eastern Melbourne Regional Palliative Care Consortium.

The eight part series includes (view in YouTube):

Be advised: The videos contains personal stories of people in their journey of the loss of a loved one. You may find some content of these videos distressing. Please remember help and support is available.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program contains the names of people who have died.

If at any time you would like to talk to a professional with experience in grief and loss, please contact:

GriefLine

1300 845 745 available Midday to 3am AEST, 7 days a week

Lifeline

13 11 14 available 24 hours, 7 days a week


Your Voice Your Choice

Your Voice Your Choice, is a digital storytelling project that shares stories and knowledge around End of Life and Advance Care Planning.

The project is a collaborative work under the Greater Choices for at Home Palliative Care measure of Eastern Melbourne PHN; Adelaide PHN; Perth North, Perth South and Country WA; Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast PHN; Brisbane South PHN working with Advance Care Planning Australia.

A space to share stories and knowledge of community, carers and health sector professionals.


This video as well as more in the series are available to view via our YouTube channel.

If at any time you would like to talk to a professional with experience in grief and loss, please contact:

GriefLine

1300 845 745 available Midday to 3am AEST, 7 days a week

Lifeline

13 11 14 available 24 hours, 7 days a week

For further information and resources on Advance Care Planning, visit Advance Care Planning Australia’s website.


Palliative Care Service information and Support

PalAssist

PalAssist is available from 7am-7pm, 7 days a week. It is a free service for anyone who has a life-limiting illness or condition, and/or their families and carers.

Palliative Care Australia

Palliative Care Australia is the national peak body for palliative care.

National Palliative Care Service Directory

The National Palliative Care Service Directory provides information about:

  • specialist palliative care services and providers
  • services that provide general palliative care such as general practices and allied health
  • organisations and community support agencies who provide services to people living with a life-limiting illness and/or their carers.

Palliative Care Victoria

Palliative Care Victoria is the peak body for palliative care and end of life care.

CareSearch

The CareSearch Project consolidates online palliative care knowledge for health professionals, people needing palliative care and their families, and for the general community. Our project is responsible for two major websites, the CareSearch website and the palliAGED website. The CareSearch Project also works closely with a number of other projects to maximise impact within the sector.

Carers Victoria

The statewide voice for family carers, representing and providing support to carers in Victoria.

Carer Help

Caring for someone at the end of their life is a very important role. People who do this help the person they care for and that person’s family and friends. They also help the community by reducing the pressure on our health care system. Carers are vital members of the Australian community and we are so thankful for what they do. CareHelp provides access to high quality information and resources that support carers in their role, including offers a carer library and fact sheets.


Recommended Resources, Education and Training for Health Professionals

Advance Care Planning Australia

Advance care planning is the process of planning for your future health care. It relates to health care you would or would not like to receive if you were to become seriously ill or injured and are unable to communicate your preferences or make decisions. This often relates to the care you receive at the end of your life.

Advance care planning gives you the opportunity to think about, discuss and record your preferences for the type of care you would receive and the outcomes you would consider acceptable. It helps to ensure your loved ones and doctors know what your health and personal preferences are and that these preferences are respected.

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC)

ELDAC provides information, guidance, and resources to health professionals and aged care workers to support palliative care and advance care planning to improve the care of older Australians.

PALLIAGED

palliAGED is the palliative care evidence and practice information resource for the Australian aged care sector. Providing support for health and care practitioners as well as resource developers, the website also provides trustworthy information for older Australians, their families and friends.

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach

PEPA provides opportunities to develop confidence, knowledge and skills in the palliative approach to care through funded clinical workforce placements or workshop, integration of learning into your workplace, and establishing networks of support.