Search Grey Literature

The CareSearch Grey Literature databases capture six sets of palliative care information and evidence that can be hard to find. This literature complements and should be used in addition to the articles published in journals that are indexed on major bibliographic databases. The sets of literature collected in the CareSearch Grey Literature are:

  • Conference abstracts: Abstracts of conference presentations in Australia since 1980 that are relevant to palliative care. Major palliative conferences have been approached to secure conference proceedings.
  • Non-indexed journals: Twelve specialist palliative journals were hand searched to identify any articles that were not indexed on at least one of the four major bibliographic databases (Ovid Medline, Embase, CINAHL, PsycINFO).
  • Theses: Higher degree theses relevant to palliative care were identified in conjunction with librarians from Australian universities.
  • Grey literature: Materials from government departments and organisations involved with palliative care.
  • National Program: Details of projects undertaken as part of the National Palliative Care Program funded by the Department of Health
  • Research Studies: Details of Australian palliative care research projects in Australia conducted or completed since 2005

Citation details have been collected and stored in the CareSearch literature databases. These databases can be searched by author, keyword or year on the Search the Literature Database page.

CareSearch has also begun to collect Australian journals relevant to palliative care and not indexed on the major bibliographic databases to provide an online listing of their table of contents. These tables of contents can be found on the Non-indexed journals page.

Authors are invited to provide details of any 'missing' Australian literature relevant to palliative care by emailing

Last updated 19 January 2017