Palliative Care Resources

What is meant by palliative care?

The World Health Organization defines palliative care as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems – physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

Key Organisations in Palliative Care

Peak bodies, advocacy groups and other organisations

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Education and resources for professionals and consumers around Advance Care Planning

Resources to support carers and families to help manage end-of-life symptoms for a person at home. Applicable for clinical services, health professionals and carers/families, and includes specific resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and translated resources.


ELDAC provides information, guidance, and resources to health professionals and aged care workers to support palliative care and advance care planning to improve the care of older Australians.

Information, support and services for patients, carers, and health professionals around palliative care.

Organisation for nurses involved in palliative and end-of-life care.

Palliative Care Resources For Consumers

Resources to use, together with consumers, to support their needs when going through palliative care

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Directory of palliative care providers, organisations and support agencies.

Palliative care information for families and patients.

Bilingual brochures and audio files designed to give information about palliative care.

Information and resources for individuals and their families about the role of palliative care in advanced cancers.

Information and resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders about palliative care.

Guide for veterans and families to help them prepare for bereavement, including legal and financial issues, living independently, death and bereavement payments and compensation.

Consumer information about the different types of powers of attorney.

Advance Care Planning booklet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.

Booklet including stories from Victorian Aboriginal Community members about their palliative care and end-of-life experiences.

For Health Professionals

Information, resources, and educational programs to assist health professionals in supporting people going through palliative care

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Examines death and dying in different religious beliefs, including funeral and burial rituals.

Information, evidence and education relating to palliative care, suitable for a wide range of individuals, including consumers and health professionals.

Resource providing practical, culturally sensitive considerations for palliative care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Directory of palliative care providers, organisations and support agencies.

palliAGED is the palliative care evidence and practice information resource for the Australian aged care sector.

Free online training for health professional to improve palliative care provision.

Cultural profiles to support the provision of culturally sensitive palliative care to CALD individuals.

Reports and Policy

Research papers, reports, reviews and guidelines providing a deeper, evidence-based perspective to palliative care

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Advance Care Planning, Health Directive and Power of Attorney resources for each state

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