Palliative care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.World Health Organisation

About the program

The Australian Government has announced that PHNs will implement sustainable system changes to strengthen integration and coordination of services for people receiving palliative care at home. Read more about the Department of Health Greater Choice at Home Palliative Care Measure.

The program aims to improve coordination and integration of palliative care across primary, secondary, tertiary and community health services to support at home palliative care for those that choose it.

What are the objectives of the measure?

  1. Improve access to safe, quality palliative care at home and support palliative care systems and services in primary health care and community care;
  2. Enable the right care, at the right time and in the right place to reduce unnecessary hospitalisations;
  3. Generate and use data to ensure continuous improvement of services across sectors;
  4. Utilise available technologies to provide flexible and responsive care, including care after usual business hours;
  5. Increase community capacity building within our PHN region; and
  6. Increase workforce development and capacity

Download Greater Choice for at Home Palliative Care PHN brochure

Primary Health Networks – Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care Activity Work Plan 2018-2020

Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care

Download the PHNs Support Services and Resources for Primary and Aged Care flyer.

Tools, resources and information for clinicians, care providers and community members

Additional Resources

  • Perspectives of one doctor regarding a ‘good death’: watch YouTube video
  • Is Death the Way to Bring Us Back to Community: watch TED talk
  • What really matters at the end of life? watch Ted Talk
  • Urban design, architecture and better building for death and dying: watch Ted Talk
  • Dying in the 21st century, Dr Peter Saul asks us to think about the end of our lives, and to question the modern model of slow intubated death in hospital: watch Ted Talk
  • Prepare for a good end of life: watch Ted Talk
  • Ronika Powers – Deathwalker and bioarchaeologist urges us to rethink the convention of death and looks at cultures of death: watch Ted Talk

Older person with carer

Talking about palliative care

Talking about dying is hard. And it is sad. However, death is inevitable and the better prepared we are for our death, the easier it will be on the ones we leave behind.  It is also important to talk about death so you can prepare well. When we prepare in advance for our death we are able to relieve the decision making burden on those closest to us.

Advance Care Planning and COVID-19
Advance care planning is an important part of Australia’s COVID-19 healthcare planning. For COVID-19 specific resources go to the PHN COVID-19 Clinical Information and resources page.

Specialist palliative care

  • Specialist Palliative Rural Telehealth Service
    Rural and remote GPs and other clinicians can now access specialist palliative care telehealth consultation for their patients nearing end of life.
    Phone: 1300 618 486
  • PallConsult
    This service supports health care teams across all of Queensland who do not have easy access to a specialist palliative care service.
    Phone: 1300 PALLCR (1300 725 527) – 24/7 advice for for nurses and allied health
    Phone: 1300 PALLDR (1300 725 537) – 24/7 advice for GPs and NPs

Contact us

Program Manager Palliative Care:
Jo Pennell

Central Queensland, Palliative Care Project Officer:
Sam King

Wide Bay, Palliative Care Project Officer:
Linda Byrne

Key Palliative Care Events


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