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Information for Health Professionals

The right education and information enables primary and acute sector healthcare professionals within palliative care, to work together to improve patient access for all South Australians.

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Valuable resources for health professionals

The term ’health care professional’ covers a wide range of professions, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists and dietitians. There are many people who provide palliative care services. Some specialise in palliative care as a full-time role and others will have palliative care as a part of their daily work.

Palliative care adopts a team-based, multi-disciplinary approach to providing end-of-life care to a person and their primary carers. A palliative care team may include a number of different health care professionals. The involvement of these professionals will be based on the needs of the person receiving care.

HealthPathways is a free online portal for GPs, nurses, allied health, and aged care professionals to access up-to-date clinical assessment, management, referral and local service information for South Australia.  Palliative care information can be found under the ‘Medical’ tab off the main page ‘Click here to view pages’.

Palliative Care South Australia provides a comprehensive list of resources for health professionals including Aboriginal health care, Advanced Care Planning and general education around palliative care and end of life.

Palliative Care Australia is the national peak body for palliative care, and offers a wide range of resources for health professionals, including training and education options to help build skills.