At some point you may need to care for a patient, client, or people in your community who are unwell and not going to get better.
Palliative care can improve quality of life for individuals and their families who have a life limiting illness. It helps to prevent and relieve suffering by identifying, assessing and treating symptoms and concerns such as pain or distress. Palliative care is not just about caring for physical needs - it's also about caring for a patient's social, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs. Palliative care is not just about the last days of life. It can be helpful for people who have one or more advanced life-limiting illnesses or when the treatment goals are focused on comfort rather than on cure.
There are some important principles that underpin palliative care:
The Patients, Families and Community Journeys section within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Care section has a range of resources that you can print for your patients and their families on many different topics. You can also suggest that patients and their family and community members visit the section of the CareSearch website themselves.
Last updated 19 August 2021