Palliative Care refers to the active medical care of patients, to provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms due to chronic disease.
The aim is to improve the quality of life for people with a progressive life threatening illness.
What kind of support is provided?
At the late stages of chronic illness, medical interventions become directed at helping the patient and their family live as comfortably as possible with the effects of their illness. This involves providing psychological, emotional and spiritual support and ensuring patients and their families know how to access assistance when the patient’s situation changes.
What role do GP’s play in Palliative Care?
GP’s play a role in identifying patients which may benefit from a palliative care approach. This may include completing a GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangement. Access to specialist palliative care is based on the complexity and intensity of a patient’s needs.