Patient, Carers and Families

For patients with a life limiting illness, much of the care usually occurs at home, and is provided by a network of carers, family and health professionals.

The Palliative Care Service provides a consultative service which aims to relieve the physical symptoms of the illness, to help assist with other issues which may arise, and to support the patient's carers and family.

Palliative Care Team does this by:

  • Undertaking a comprehensive assessment;
  • Focusing on management of symptoms;
  • Advance care planning
  • Addressing emotional, spiritual and cultural aspects;
  • Including a variety of health professionals in coordinated teams; and
  • Considering the patient's choice of setting of care where possible.

Preparation for this support must be sensitive to the patient's wishes and values as well as the nature of their illness. For more information on Advance Care Planning, go to the Advance Care Planning for Healthy Dying page.

There are a number of resources available to assist patients, carers and families in managing a person's care.   The CareSearch palliative care knowledge network is an online resource consolidating evidence-based and quality information for various groups within the palliative care community.  The website, which has been funded by the Australian Government as part of the National Palliative Care Program, has a caring resources page with useful links to further information.