For health providers
What is Palliative Care?
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.
- 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.
The WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network provides a range of services and resources for health providers who care for people with cancer and/or are receiving palliative care services.
- Cancer Services
- Cancer Resources
- Palliative Care Services
- Palliative Care Programs
- Palliative Care Resources
- WA Cancer Plan 2012-2017 (PDF)