Growing capacity and capability in palliative care 

Special Interest and support groups bring allied health professionals with particular interest together to share their knowledge and skills and mentor others in their profession.

Allied health and palliative care groups 

Australian Allied Health in Palliative Care (AAHPC) is a group developed to facilitate and promote research and to be a voice to promote and raise the profile of allied health in palliative care.

Palliative Rehabilitation Facebook page allows sharing of information amongst people with an interest in palliative rehabilitation.

Occupational therapists 

Occupational Therapy Australia: National Oncology and Palliative Care Interest Group aims to support OTs working in Oncology & Palliative Care, through maintaining and further developing a group that provides a range of professional development, research and networking opportunities. Contact Jo Garvie, Wibke Whillans or Rebekah Boffa.


Cancer, Palliative Care and Lymphoedema Facebook page Physiotherapists sharing information.

APA members can join the national of state branch of Cancer, Palliative Care and Lymphoedema Special Interest Group (subscription required).

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) hosts a subgroup - International Physical Therapists for HIV/AIDS, Oncology, Hospice and Palliative Care (IPT-HOPE).

Social workers 

Palliative Care Social Work Australia represents social workers who provide palliative and end of life care and bereavement support in Australia, regardless of the setting in which they work, including those social workers with an interest in this area.

Oncology Social Workers Australia New Zealand (OSWANZ) is committed to fostering the professional development of social workers in end-of-life care (subscription required).

The USA Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network is an online resource connecting social workers, colleagues and consumers worldwide.

Speech pathologists 

Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) in Palliative Care (PalCare) is a new and developing area of specialty which aims to provide appropriate SLP practice within palliative and end-of-life care services. 

Last updated 03 September 2021

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