Paediatric Palliative Care Service

Child holding stethoscope to TeddyPaediatric palliative care services exist in all states of Australia and typically have a state-wide and territory remit. Services provide holistic care and support to children with oncological and non-oncological life limiting conditions and their families.  Care and support can be provided directly or indirectly through the patient and family's local health teams in collaboration with the specialist paediatric palliative care service in their state.

A collaborative and inter-professional team framework helps guide processes of care as “team members consistently collaborate to solve patient problems that are too complex to be solved by one discipline or many disciplines in sequence.” (Drinka 2000)

Primary care teams and other health professionals involved in the care of children with life limiting conditions can seek direct medical, nursing and allied health support and advice from paediatric palliative care services throughout Australia.

Each service has a unique team membership. Please refer to the different team member options listed below, and contact your local paediatric palliative care service for specific details.

Potential team members

Care is tailored according to the needs of each patient/family with a focus on maintaining quality of life and the paediatric palliative care team may include some or all of the following roles.   

Paediatric Palliative Care Inter-professional Team Members:

Please note, there are some children’s hospices in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia that offer a range of supports and services. Many adult hospices will also support children and their families. Your local Paediatric Palliative Care Service may assist you with more information and decision making regarding place of care.

To find a hospice nearest you, please refer to the Palliative Care Australia’s Directory of Services

Paediatric Palliative Care Services in Australia

The Sydney Children's Hospital Network (including sydney Children's Hospital Randwick and Children's Hospital at Westmead) and The John Hunter Children's Hospital are partners in the NSW Paediatric Palliative Care Program. Specialist paediatric palliative care services in New South Wales
Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) will be the new home for staff and services from Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), providing specialist paediatric care for the children and adolescents of Western Australia. The PCH website/contact details are currently under development.