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

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

Key patient and carer contacts, supports and resources

Recommended Resources, Education and Training for Health Professionals

The links provided below provide a range of best practice resources, education and training from credible sources.
Please also visit our PHN Education & Events and Self-directed Learning pages for upcoming local and online options.

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 for us and 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 184 432.
  • 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

Phone: (07) 5456 8100

Key Palliative Care Events


HealthPathways is an online manual used by clinicians to help make assessment, management, and specialist request decisions for over 550 conditions.

You can access the relevant HealthPathways log in portals below.