Referral to and from other health services and health professionals is common within the Primary Health Care setting. Knowing when to refer patients to other services is an important part of most pathways. This both optimises care by ensuring access to services is appropriate and avoids unnecessary referrals. For the patient wanting to remain within their community this can have a major impact on quality of life. Read more from palliAGED.
In palliative care these referral points are likely to include:
There is no single agreed set of criteria for referral to specialist palliative care services. However, it is generally suggested that referral should be based on patient characteristics including age, diagnosis, and limited life-expectancy as well as individual patient needs and symptoms.  In the following you will find links to referral forms and information on accessing palliative care services in Australia. This is not an exhaustive list but provides examples of requirements for referral.
Last updated 03 September 2021