What is palliative care?
“Palliative care is person and family-centred care provided for a person with an active, progressive, advanced disease, who has little or no prospect of cure and who is expected to die, and for whom the primary goal is to optimise the quality of life.” (Palliative Care Australia)
Palliative Care is a team effort by all Health Professionals (Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, Allied Health, Volunteers etc.) working together to provide an holistic family-centred model of care.
Palliative Care services can include:
- treating symptoms of the illness such as pain, nausea, shortness of breath.
- Assistance for families to talk about sensitive issues
- Links to other services in the community
- Cultural support
- Emotional, social and spitirual support
- Counselling and grief support
- Referrals, including respite care
Who is palliative care for?
Palliative Care is for people of any age who have a serious illness that cannot be cured. Palliative care can be from the beginning, at the end or alongside treatment.