Palliative/End of Life Care

Key Points

  • Palliative Care is specialised care and support provided for the terminally ill person, their families and carers.
  • Palliative care providers will work with you at home, in a residential aged care facility, in a hospital or hospice.
  • Palliative care is that part of health care provided to people who have a progressive illness that will lead to death.
  • Palliative care can be given by your GP, practice nurse, and/or community nurse.
  • You can have palliative care while you are having active treatment for your illness.
  • Governments fund core palliative care services, although sometimes you may need to contribute to the costs of care.
  • It may be wise to consider signing the various forms of ‘Power of Attorney’ before any loss of ‘decision making capacity’.

What is Palliative or End of Life Care?

‘Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and…

Referral to Palliative Care Providers

Many people feel it is easier to avoid the subject for as long as possible. You and your family may find this, and so will some health care professionals. However, it is helpful if you are referred to palliative care early, by your…

Costs of providing Palliative Care

Private health insurance may also be an option. However, this may not always be the case, as it will depend on your particular health insurance policy, so please check the fine print. It is important to find out as soon as possible who…

Loss of Decision Making Capacity

By the time that Palliative Care is being considered as a treatment option, personal legal arrangements should have already been entered into, such as those covered by an Enduring Power of Attorney, an Enduring Power of Guardianship, a Medical Power of Attorney or…

Useful Links – Palliative Care

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT Department of Health – Palliative Care Department of Health – Guidelines for a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care Social Services – My Aged Care – Home Care & Respite Providers Social Services – My Aged Care – Resident’s Agreement Social…