In palliative care

Advance care planning is particularly important for people who are older or chronically ill. The person's family and health professionals can help the person document their wishes.

An Advance Care Directive for someone in palliative care should consider preferences for:

  • Pain and other symptom management
  • Cultural, emotional and spiritual support
  • Personal care

The substitute decision-maker should be involved in these conversations. You can also involve other family members and close friends to help them understand what to expect.

More information

Other resources on palliative care

  • Website

    Palliative Care Australia (PCA)

    Palliative Care Australia

    The website for Palliative Care Australia (PCA), the national peak body for palliative care. PCA represents all those who work towards high quality palliative care for all Australians. PCA aims to improve access to, and promote the need for, palliative care.
  • Articles & Publications

    Palliative Care Needs Assessment Guidelines

    Girgis A, Johnson C, Currow D, Waller A, Kristjanson L, Mitchell G, Yates P, Neil A, Kelly B, Tattersall M, Bowman D

    These guidelines are intended to provide guidance to those caring for people with a life-limiting illness and their families, to ensure that they are offered the most appropriate care to meet their specific needs.
  • Website

    End of life and palliative care services

    Better Health Channel

    Articles, videos, and multilingual resources about end of life care, and a directory of palliative care services in Victoria.
  • Articles & Publications

    Palliative care for CALD Communities

    Migrant Information Centre, Eastern Melbourne

    This resource considers social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs in palliative care. It supports staff to develop strategies to provide culturally appropriate services specifically for Cambodian, Chinese, Indian, Iranian, Sri Lankan and Vietnamese communities.
  • Website

    Culturally appropriate palliative care - kit

    National Palliative Care Program and Australian Government Department of Health

    Online resource kit providing strategies and training material to support staff in mainstream health services to provide culturally appropriate palliative care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Video

    Improving transition experience from palliative to end of life care

    Decision Assist

    Julie Garrard, a social worker and researcher in palliative care, discusses her research which aims to understand and improve the experience of patients and their families from a palliative care unit to a nursing home at the end of their life.