Palliative care information for health professionals

How the palliative care team helps health professionals and patients

Palliative care is person and family-centered care that we provide for a person with an active, progressive, advanced disease. We expect the person will die from their illness, and our primary goal is to optimise the quality of their life.

Find out palliative care information for patients and their families

I want to refer an adult patient to palliative care in the Parkville precinct hospitals 

If you want to refer to Peter Mac, the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), or the Royal Women's Hospital (RWH):

  • For non-urgent referrals, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (03) 8559 7960
  • Urgent referrals (for same day consultation) for inpatients at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, contact the Peter Mac palliative care consultation registrar via switchboard and place an Epic order
  • For a consultation for inpatients at Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Royal Women’s Hospital, contact the RMH palliative care consultation registrar on RMH pager 306 and place an Epic order
  • For urgent outpatient referrals, please call 0459 880 323
  • For non-urgent outpatient referrals, place an Epic order for palliative care oncology
  • For all urgent out-of-hours referrals contact the on-call palliative care registrar through the switchboard of any of the Parkville-Precinct Hospitals

Patients younger than 18 could be discussed with the palliative care team at the Royal Children’s Hospital. 

I want to contact a palliative care professional

I need some help with clinical information in the aged care setting

There’s an app for that (of course). These free, evidence-based apps for doctors and nurses assist in providing palliative care to the aged care setting.

Information for GPs (General Practitioners) looking after patients in the aged care setting, refer to palliAGED gp.

I need some advice

To find out more about what help is available for carers, see PCA's "I'm a carer".


Patients and carers in Victoria can call the Palliative Care Advice Service if they are not already known to a palliative care team on 1800 360 000. 

Related pages


Go back to the Cancer Services for Your Patient page