Palliative care - for health professionals

How can the palliative care team help me and my patient?

Palliative care is person and family-centred care provided for a person with an active, progressive, advanced disease. The person is expected to die, and the primary goal is to optimise the quality of their life.

I want to refer an adult patient to palliative care in the Parkville precinct hospitals (PMCC, RMH, RWH)

For non urgent referrals, email [email protected] or phone (03) 8559 7960.

Urgent referrals (for same day consultation) for inpatients at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, contact the palliative care consultation registrar on pager 1110051

For a consultation for inpatients at Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Royal Women’s Hospital, contact the palliative care consultation registrar on RMH pager 305. 

For urgent outpatient referrals, please call 0459 880 323.

For all urgent out-of-hours referrals contact the on-call palliative care registrar through the switchboard of any of the Parkville-Precinct Hospitals.

I want to contact a palliative care professional

If you are in Parkville, use [email protected]  or 8559 7960. 

If you are elsewhere, please use the Palliative Care Australia services directory.

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 looking after patients in the aged care setting, refer to palliAGED gp.

I need some advice

Caresearch has information for health professionals including clinical evidence and education. 

Palliaged has information designed for the aged care sector. 

Palliative Care Australia

Palliative Care Victoria

What support is available for carers?

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