Palliative Care is a specialist form of care provided to people living with an advanced or life-threatening illness. It aims to:
• Provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
• Affirm life and treat dying as a normal process;
• Integrate the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of patients in a coordinated model of support and care; and
• Assist families cope during the patients illness and their own bereavement.
Palliative Care is available to all patients with life-threatening illnesses and can be provided in a range of settings including the home, hospital and residential care.
Palliative Care can also be delivered from a number of general or specialised health professions often within a multidisciplinary care setting. These include:
• Specialist Providers: medical practitioners, nursing and Allied Health staff who have undertaken further study in palliative care;
• Generalist Providers: clinicians working in other areas of the health system who have a professional involvement with patients requiring palliative care; and
• Support Services: services involved in enhancing quality of life or provide emotional and spiritual support.
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