I’m 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
To find a service in your local area go to the National Service Directory.
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 a number of support services for people who are grieving. There is information in the ‘I’m a carer’ section about grief and support services.
For more information about palliative care and what it means to you, click on the links below. These pages are also available to download.
- What is palliative care?
- Advance care planning
- Asking questions can help
- Diabetes and palliative care – information for patients
- Directory of Services
- Dying to Talk Discussion Starter
- Facts about morphine and other opioid medicines in palliative care
- Learn more about pain and pain management
- The dying process
- Understanding grief
- Your choices and decisions
- Palliative Care in Aged Care
More information can be found via these external links. This information can be accessed via the CareSearch website.
The Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) provides information for patients, carers, families, the general public, clinicians and researchers on palliative care.
Disclaimer: PCA provides these links for information purpose only. It is not responsible for the content of these websites.
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