Services that are provided by an interdisciplinary team of specialist palliative care professionals whose substantive work is with patients who have an eventually fatal condition.
Specialist palliative care services are provided in many care settings, including community, home, hospitals, aged care homes, and hospices and palliative care units.
Specialist palliative care services work in three key ways
- providing direct care to referred patients with complex needs
- providing consultation-based services to patients being cared for by primary care providers
- providing support and education to services providing end-of-life care
A specialist palliative care provider
is a medical, nursing, or allied health professional recognized as a palliative care specialist by an accrediting body or who substantively works in a specialist palliative care service if an accrediting body is not available
They have the specialist knowledge skills and expertise in the care of people living with an eventually fatal condition and their families and carers, including in the management of complex symptoms, loss, grief, and bereavement.
Adapted from Palliative Care Australia. A Guide to Palliative Care Service Development: A population based approach. Internet. Accessed on July 7, 2016.