Patients & Families

Palliative care involves living the best way possible before death, recognising that everyone’s situation and needs are different and changes can occur. Not everyone will be referred to a palliative care service. You & your family can self – refer to palliative care or  ask your doctor to make the referral.

Needing Care  provides the details on finding a palliative care service.

Palliative Care Australia has filmed several short palliative care stories CLICK  HERE to view these. On the same link is a range of useful information.

Information describing palliative care, is available in

Palliative Care Victoria has a range of information (look on their families & patients page)

Information for the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities:

Advance Care Planning

Is a process that involves discussing what is important to you (focussing on your values, beliefs & health); appointing someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so (a Medical Power of Attorney) and writing it down. Advance Care Planning Australia has the information in many languages.

Victorian Office of the Public Advocate  has videos and information on the powers of attorney

Families & Carers

If you provide any level of support and assistance to another person then you are a carer, even if you don’t think you are one. Caring for someone who is going to die is difficult and you are not expected to carry the load alone.

The  Carer Gateway is a national online and phone service (1800 422 737) that provides practical information and resources to support carers. Other ways to receive support can include:

Many chronic disease support organisations have information addressing palliative care and the end of life period. Often this is found by typing palliative care into their website search box.

Also seek information from your GP, palliative care service or other health professional. This way you will receive the right information for the health condition.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Wurundjeri people and pay 
respects to elders past and present

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