Palliative care patients at the end of life will often spend the majority of their time at home. Many people if asked would say they would like to stay at home for as long as possible. Many would also like to die at home. 
When someone is at home they need the support of a healthcare team. This often includes a GP, community nurse and sometimes a practice nurse. Family and friends will also often be involved. Specialist palliative care services may or may not be involved in their care during this time.
Community nurses may coordinate the care provided at home and also provide bereavement follow-up.  Sometimes they have specialist palliative care experience, but often this work is undertaken in addition to their usual generalist role, and although it may be intermittent or infrequent it is seen as important.  The care at home at the end of life often remains in the memories of carers and family members who have been involved. The Advance Project has developed online training in palliative care to help general practice nurses and practice managers develop the skills and understanding required in this setting.
Visit the Advance Project website for online training
The Advance Project
Video from Sydney Local Health District
Visit the Advance Project website for PHC online education in palliative care
Read the online RACGP aged care clinical guide - Palliative and end-of-life care
More primary and community care resources
Last updated 20 August 2021