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What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is the care of people who have a life-threatening disease that cannot be cured. It is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illnesses. This is achieved through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems; physical, psychosocial and spiritual. 
Palliative care affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. It intends to neither hasten nor postpone death but rather offers support to help patients live as actively as possible and help families cope during the patient’s illness and in bereavement. 
Palliative care is delivered in hospitals, hospices (such as Caritas Christi), homes and nursing homes. Patients can choose the location where they are most comfortable and which best fits their needs.

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SVHM Subject Guides related to Palliative Care

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Palliative Care websites

Palliative Care Week

It is National Palliative Care Week 2021 (23/5 - 29/5/2021)

Palliative Care at SVH

St Vincent’s Palliative Care Services continues to foster and enhance expertise and developments in the provision of palliative care by maintaining a focus on research and education. All senior clinical staff regularly provide peer and inter-departmental education throughout St Vincent’s and Victoria. A Practice Development Nurse supports undergraduate and graduate nursing programs as well as ongoing nursing education and competency across both sites. More broadly this role also aids in the translation of current research into best clinical practice and advocating for palliative care awareness, resources and education within the organisation as a whole. 

St Vincent’s Palliative Care Services is intimately linked with the Centre for Palliative Care and maintains a library on campus dedicated to palliative care literature. St Vincent’s Palliative Care Services conducts several research studies, including clinical trials through the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC).

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Online articles available via SVHM Library

Online books available via SVHM Library

Browse online books in Palliative Medicine from our Oxford Medicine Online package

Print books held in Carl de Gruchy Library

SVM Centre for Palliative Care

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