Palliative care facilities at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Royal Melbourne Hospital have doubled in size, with the addition of 12 new beds.

The Parkville Integrated Palliative Care Service combines the clinical expertise of staff at both health services into a single operating model. 

The newly opened palliative care unit at Peter Mac will also provide a state-wide palliative care service for young people, with two rooms fitted out to cater to the unique needs of young people aged 16 to 25.

“Palliative care is about delivering compassionate, person-focussed care that helps people to live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible,” says Associate Professor Brian Le, inaugural Director of the Parkville Integrated Palliative Care Service.

In February 2019, the Victorian Government announced funding for a palliative care ward at Peter Mac. The new unit was delivered on-time, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peter Mac Chief Executive Dr Shelley Dolan said the new service demonstrated the value of the collaborative relationship between health services in the Parkville Precinct.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter Mac also share an integrated haematology service to care for people with blood disorders and both organisations collaborate with the Royal Women’s Hospital to support the shared Parkville Cancer Clinical Trials Unit.

“Not only does this allow new and more efficient ways of working, we know the patient experience improves when – where possible – we remove the boundaries between institutions,” Dr Dolan said.

“This is about delivering on the promise of the Parkville precinct, as a place where vibrant and individual healthcare facilities work together to deliver exceptional patient care.”

Professor Christine Kilpatrick, Chief Executive of the Royal Melbourne Hospital said the service would continue to improve healthcare for all Victorians.

“We’re very fortunate to be working with Peter Mac, to deliver this important service for Victorians who deserve outstanding end-of-life care,” Prof Kilpatrick. 

The new palliative care unit at Peter Mac has also been supported by the Sony Foundation, as part of the Foundation’s support for Peter Mac’s “You Can” centre for young people with cancer, which opened at Peter Mac in 2016.

Sophie Ryan, Chief Executive Officer of Sony Foundation said the service was filling a gap in age-appropriate palliative care spaces and services for young people.

“As an Australian first, Sony Foundation is proud to have helped fund the fit-out for this space which is specifically designed for young people, so they can feel more comfortable and supported.” Ms Ryan said. 

Contacts:

For more information or to arrange an interview with the quoted Chief Executives, Associate Professor Brian Le or Nurse Unit Manager Holly Pitt please contact the Peter Mac Communications team on 0417 123 048.

About Peter Mac

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is a world leading cancer research, education and treatment centre and Australia’s only public health service solely dedicated to caring for people affected by cancer. We have over 3,200 staff, including over 700 laboratory and clinical researchers, all focused on providing better treatments, better care and potential cures for cancer.

About The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Since 1848, The Royal Melbourne Hospital has touched the lives of millions of Victorians, providing care and treatment for the sickest in our community. Today the hospital is recognised as a world renowned institution, not only providing outstanding care and treatment, but improving the outcomes for all through a comprehensive medical research program, and the training of our future health professionals.