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Accessing Palliative Care

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. 

Wirringka Palliative Care Unit Modbury NALHN

Health professionals including General Practitioners and Allied Health Practitioners can provide a level of palliative care.  If symptoms become complex, a referral to a Specialist Palliative Care Service, can be obtained from a General Practitioner.

To find a service in your local area please visit Palliative Care Australia’s National Palliative Care Service Directory. 

Where is palliative care provided?

Palliative care is provided where the person and their family wants, where possible. This may include:

  • At home
  • In hospital
  • In a hospice
  • In a residential aged care facility

Many people indicate a preference to die at home and making this possible often depends on several factors, including:

  • the nature of the illness and amount of care the person needs
  • how much support is available from the person’s family and community
  • whether the person has someone at home who can provide physical care and support for them