I am a patient
Palliative care provides high quality health care to people living with a life-limiting illness to live as well as they can by managing pain and symptoms to ensure their quality of life is maintained.
Why do I need it?
Palliative care will help you manage your illness, particularly pain and symptoms so you can continue to live life as well as you can while dealing with your illness. You may need it or want to have it from diagnosis or you may choose to take it up once your illness progresses to a certain stage. You may have an on-off rotation through palliative care through various stages of your illness as you have periods of wellness and illness.
How do I get it?
Palliative care can be accessed through referral from your General Practitioner, medical specialist or other health provider
Palliative care is available to anyone with a life-limiting illness, not just cancer patients. People living with dementia, chronic conditions or degenerative conditions can access palliative care.
How much does it cost?
Most palliative care services are free, but there may be some costs associated with hospice and hospital care
Who does it?
Palliative care is multidisciplinary team care – so care is shared between a range of providers from specialists to General Practitioners, nurses, allied health professionals and social workers.
Who will help my family when I am gone?
Palliative care also supports carers and family members. There are several support services for people who are grieving.