Allied health professionals care for people with palliative care needs in specialist palliative care settings, acute and subacute inpatient settings and in the community and residential aged care facilities.
Management and coordination of care for people living with a life-limiting illness benefits from a multidisciplinary team approach involving a range of health professionals. This includes allied health professionals who have an important role across various settings either as a team member or sole practitioner.
Dependent on their discipline, allied health professionals can help with symptom management including support with medication, nutrition, communication and mobility; help the person to maintain function and independence; offer emotional support; share information about disease progression and help to plan future care; and help connect the person and families to supportive services.
With increased calls for allied health professional involvement in palliative care, there is a need to support understanding and skill development in this area. In this section we present information and resources relevant to the roles in palliative care of:
Read the paper Allied Health in Australia and its Role in Palliative Care (936kb pdf)
Visit Australian Allied Health in Palliative Care
Read about the roles of Specialist Palliative Care and Allied Health Professionals
Last updated 03 September 2021