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Teenagers and Children

When a child is diagnosed with a progressive life-limiting illness, a journey begins. Throughout this journey, children, families and carers will need information and support.

Journeys – Palliative care for children and teenagers is an information resource which aims to better prepare and equip families and carers for the many situations and issues they may face as they live with their child’s illness. It is a starting point in identifying where to look or who to go to for specific information and support which best meets their needs.

Journeys was written in consultation with specialist clinicians and families who have travelled this journey. This resource shares their combined knowledge and expertise and their desire to help others answer the questions they may not know to ask.

We regret that we are out of stock of Journeys in hard copy. Please download the resource using the links below. For more information please contact us: or 02 6232 4433

Download Journeys

PDF Journeys full version

PDF Journeys resource list

Section 1 – Introduction

Download – Introduction – PDF

  • About this book
  • Care
  • Words and meanings
  • What do people do?

Section 2 – Getting ready

Download – Getting ready – PDF

  • What is palliative care?
  • Who provides palliative care?
  • Reliable health information
  • Treatment options
  • Your rights and responsibilities
  • Financial support

Section 3 – On the road

Download – On the road – PDF

  • Places to care for your child
  • Care planning
  • Symptom management
  • Feelings of loss and grief
  • Helping yourself
  • Helping your children
  • Helping your partner
  • Help from family and friends
  • Your community
  • Spiritual care and support

Section 4 – The next leg

Download – The next leg – PDF

  • Talking to children about dying and death
  • End-of-life decisions
  • Funeral planning
  • The dying process
  • What to expect in the first weeks and months of bereavement
  • Bereavement support
  • Remembering your child
  • Deciding on another baby


Other information on Paediatrics can be found here:


External (CareSearch)

Disclaimer: PCA provides these links for information purpose only. It is not responsible for the content of these websites.

If you notice any of the links are broken, or would like to suggest additional information resources to be added, please contact us.

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