Palliative care is an active holistic approach to care provided for a person with an active, progressive, advanced disease, who has little or no prospect of cure and who is expected to pass away. The primary goal of palliative care is to optimise the person’s quality of life.
Palliative care helps people live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. The aim is to sustain the quality of life for the patient and their loved ones and to enable the patient to live as actively as possible until their passing.
Palliative care looks different for everyone because it is based on the individuals needs. Services offered will differ but may include:
- relief of pain and other symptoms e.g. vomiting, shortness of breath
- resources such as equipment needed to aid care at home
- assistance for families to come together to talk about sensitive issues
- links to other services such as home help and financial support
- support for people to meet cultural obligations
- support for emotional, social and spiritual concerns
- counselling and grief support
- referrals to respite care services.
For information on how you can get involved in the Palliative care friendly initiative, events or activities or to register your interest in the Palliative care practice nurse project please contact our Palliative Care project team on: (07) 3864 7555.
Advance Care Planning
Age, illness or accident may at some time make it hard for you to make decisions about your health care.
Advance Care Planning involves thinking and making choices now to guide your future health care. It is also a process of communicating your wishes. If you have strong beliefs about what you want to happen in the future, it is particularly important to make your plans and wishes known now. You can do this by having a conversation with those close to you and writing down your preferences.
The Office of Advance Care Planning is a state-wide service, hosted by Metro South Health, that helps to promote the important process of advance care planning. You can send a copy of completed advance care planning documents to the Office of Advance Care Planning for review and upload to your Queensland Health electronic hospital record (The Viewer). If you wish for your documents to be in My Health Record only you can upload them via myhealthrecord.gov.au.
For more information on Advance Care Planning visit the Metro South Health My Care, My Choices website here.
Greater Choices for at home Palliative Care Measure
Under the Department of Health’s Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care measure, Brisbane South PHN’s project aims to improve the provision of palliative care and end-of-life services for residents in the Brisbane south region with a focus on greater choice in quality, culturally appropriate, at-home services for all consumers and family/carers, with specific strategies to address the issues and complexities for multicultural communities. Brisbane South PHN seeks to achieve this by improving the at-home palliative care options and integration of care between different existing services and service providers within and across sectors through collaboration and coordination.
As part of this project, eight general practices around the region will be supported by a clinical nurse consultant to provide and embed a palliative approach within the practice, improving community and at home supports as well as supporting earlier and more timely referral pathways to specialist care services.
For more information on the Department of Health Greater Choices for At Home Palliative Care measure click here or call our project team on 07 3864 7555.