Palliative care is an approach that aims to improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing the 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. (World Health Organisation 2006)
The Palliative Care Network has developed evidence-based models of care to support health professionals in WA to deliver best practice care.
Models of Care:
Palliative Care Consultants affiliated with Western Australian Gynaecologic Cancer Service offer consultative services at King Edward Memorial Hospital. They provide consultancy at the Oncology Outpatient Clinics and provide inpatient reviews, and facilitate patient and family meetings, as required.
Palliative Care WA is a community organisation that provides information and support to Western Australians at the end of life.