About Us

Palliative care encompasses the physical and psychological aspects of end of life care. The focus of the care is on achieving comfort and maximizing quality of life for the patient, family and loved ones. Palliative care is appropriate for any patient at any stage of a life limiting illness, regardless of age.

It involves:

  • Pain and other symptom management;
  • Social, psychological, cultural, emotional and spiritual support;
  • Caregiver and family support; and
  • Bereavement support.

The THS palliative care services provides specialist palliative care to clients/patients and their families and carers.

Specialist Palliative Care services across the state include:

  • Community-based multidisciplinary teams in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie, which provide an outreach service to rural areas;
  • An in-patient unit in Hobart, the J.W. Whittle Palliative Care Unit;
  • Dedicated public palliative care inpatient beds at Calvary Health Care's Melwood Unit, St Luke's Campus, Launceston; and
  • Consultancy services within the Royal Hobart Hospital, Launceston General Hospital and North West Regional Hospital and Mersey Community Hospital campuses.  

Palliative Care services operate across Tasmania. Click on this link for information about your closest palliative care team / volunteer service.

Our specialty

Our specialty is in the relief of the symptoms of illness, such as pain, nausea, breathlessness, and in supporting patients and their carers through their illness, dying, and bereavement. Care is offered directly to patients and their carers in need. We also provide support to health professionals through the provision of education, consultancy and information.

Our approach

We use a team approach to address the needs of patients and their carers and work with health professionals across all health settings bringing specialist knowledge, skills and expertise to enhance the care they provide when needed.

The palliative care teams may include palliative care medical specialists, specialist nurses, specialist social workers, pastoral care, occupational therapist, music therapist, pharmacist, nurse practitioner and volunteers.

We provide
  • Multidisciplinary assessment;
  • Specialist medical, nursing and allied health consultation and liaison, both face to face and via telephone;
  • Education for health professionals, patients, carers and consumers;
  • Volunteers who provide a range of supportive services to patients;
  • Grief and bereavement support; and
  • Spiritual support.