COVID-19 has been identified as a key issue for health and aged care. The Australian Government has adopted a whole of government emergency response which provides a framework for preparing for, responding to and managing COVID-19 in Australia.
The palliative care community in Australia is comprised of clinicians from across the full spectrum of the clinical disciplines who care for people who are dying or living with a life-limiting illness. All specialist palliative care services are very willing to provide support and guidance to clinicians caring for patients virtually anywhere - in ICUs, other hospital wards, RACFs, special purpose facilities, clinics, those dying at home, and to rural and remote health care facilities.
Variations in guidance between countries, states and health networks may occur. Please refer to local guidance where available and consider non-pharmacological and pharmacological approaches as appropriate.