Delivering a Healthy WA

WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network – Improving the Patient Experience

For patients receiving palliative care, their families and carers

What is Palliative Care?

The WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network is actively working towards an integrated statewide model of palliative care in Western Australia.

Palliative Care, as defined by the World Health Organisation, “is an approach that aims to improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. This is achieved through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of the early identification, impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems.

Palliative care:

  • Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
  • Intends neither to hasten nor postpone death
  • Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patent care
  • Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
  • Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement
  • Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated
  • Will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness
  • Is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations.

Advance Health Directives

Advance Health Directives are legal documents in which adults can set out in writing their decisions about future treatment. They are used in all Australian states and territories but take on different forms and names.

The decision to prepare an Advance Health Directive is a very personal one. Find more information on the current Western Australian Advance Health Directives.

Palliative Care Resources

Palliative Care Models of Care

Completed projects

Publications of interest

Palliative Care Resources for Consumers

Resources relevant to babies and children

  • SIDS and Kids – not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the elimination of sudden and unexpected infant deaths, supporting bereaved families and funding research into stillbirth.
  • Sands - miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death charity supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby; working to improve the care bereaved parents receive by healthcare professionals and breaking the silence and taboo of baby death in today's society.

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