Paediatric palliative care services exist in all states of Australia and typically have a state-wide and territory remit.
Services provide holistic and compassionate care for children and their families who have identified palliative care needs. This care support can be provided directly or indirectly through local health teams in collaboration with the specialist paediatric palliative care service.
Support is provided for families to care for their children in the environment of their choice, including at home in their local community, with flexibility for hospital or hospice admissions as required.
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.
Potential team members
Care is tailored according to the needs of each patient/family with a focus on maintaining quality of life. Each service has a unique team membership. Please refer to the different roles below and contact your local paediatric palliative care service for specific details.