Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem 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 other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.World Health Organisation

Resources and Information for clinicians, care providers and health professionals

Recommended Resources, Education and Training for Health Professionals

The links provided below provide a range of best practice resources, education and training from credible sources.
Please also visit our PHN Education & Events and Self-directed Learning pages for upcoming local and online options.

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Talking about palliative care

Specialist palliative care

Talking about dying is hard. And it is sad. However, death is inevitable and the better prepared we are for our death, the easier it will be for us and the ones we leave behind. It is also important to talk about death so you can prepare well. When we prepare in advance for our death we are able to relieve the decision making burden on those closest to us.

Advance Care Planning and COVID-19
Advance care planning is an important part of Australia’s COVID-19 healthcare planning. For COVID-19 specific resources go to the PHN COVID-19 page.

  • Specialist Palliative Rural Telehealth Service
    Rural and remote GPs and other clinicians can now access specialist palliative care telehealth consultation for their patients nearing end of life.
  • PallConsult
    Phone: 1300 PALLCR (1300 725 527) – 24/7 advice for for nurses and allied health
    Phone: 1300 PALLDR (1300 725 537) – 24/7 advice for GPs and NPs
    PallConsult is a 24/7 telephone hotline for doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and allied health providers to directly access a palliative care medical consultant.


Phone: (07) 5456 8100


HealthPathways is an online manual used by clinicians to help make assessment, management, and specialist request decisions for over 550 conditions.


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