Accessing palliative care - what you need to know

Sometimes accessing palliative care can be more difficult for people from diverse backgrounds. Here you can explore what is available and find out how to access services. 

If you need help now

  • Ring 000 if it is an emergency
  • Ring healthdirect on 1800 022 222 for health advice
  • Ring Lifeline on 13 11 14 if you experience emotional distress

Palliative care in your language

The focus of palliative care is quality of life. This may be very different to the types of care you are familiar with. If you want to know more about palliative care in your language, click on the following to find videos and/or podcasts from CareSearch. For information in other languages see the Resource page.

Where can I go for palliative care support?

Click on the different care providers in the image below to learn where and how you can access palliative care support, what care is provided, and who pays. We also have an accessible version of this information. 

What to do when accessing care is hard

Knowing what you need help with is the first step to accessing palliative care. Sometimes there are barriers that make this more difficult for you.

To find resources that can help you to overcome some of these barriers, click a statement that describes your needs:

Last updated 02 August 2021