Your doctor or your most trusted health professional, can help you decide if palliative care is right for you. You and your caregiver can prepare for this decision by filling out the Needs Assessment Tool-Patients (117kb pdf) & Needs Assessment Tool-Families (136kb pdf). This tool will document your needs and those of your family member(s) or caregivers so you can discuss them with your doctor. They will also direct you to the sections in this booklet that can give you more information if you want to read more to help yourself.
If you or your caregiver has identified needs on the Needs Assessment Tool-Patients & Families that, for whatever reason, are not being met under your existing circumstances, palliative care may be a solution.
Life, Hope & Reality was developed and written by Afaf Girgis, Claire Johnson, and Sylvie Lambert with funding from the NHMRC and Cancer Council NSW.Last updated 30 August 2015