What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is a multi-disciplinary holistic concept of care for people living with an advanced, progressive potentially terminal illness. The aim of palliative care is to improve quality of life by providing physical, psychological and spiritual support for patients, their carers and their families.
Palliative care can support patients with a variety of illnesses including:
- organ failure (cardiac failure, renal failure, liver failure, respiratory failure)
- neurological conditions eg. life threatening stroke, motor neurone disease, dementia
Palliative Care should be available in:
- the person’s own home
- palliative care inpatient unit
- residential care (or nursing home)
Palliative services care work closely with other specialist carers and can be provided even if patients are having active treatment such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy, dialysis etc.
Peninsula Health provides specialist palliative care through the Palliative Care Consultancy Service and the Peninsula Palliative Care Unit.
Peninsula Health palliative care services work very closely with Peninsula Hospice Service who provide specialist palliative care in the patient’s own home.
Palliative Care Consultancy Service
Frankston VIC 3199
Ph: (03) 9784 7232
About Palliative Care Consultancy Service
Based at Frankston Hospital the Palliative Care Consultancy Service was established in 1994 and is available to patients and families at all Peninsula Health sites.
The team includes clinical nurse consultants, pastoral care counselors and medical support to provide:
- specialist knowledge of support needs of patients, families and carers
- symptom management needs of palliative patients
- advice on and liaison with community palliative care services as part of discharge planning
- consultation with, advice and support of other professional carers at Peninsula Health
- support and advocacy in discussions regarding treatment choices in potentially life threatening situations