Palliative Care

GV Health provides an integrated palliative care service that includes in-patient palliative care, and palliative care consultancy. The service also works closely with community-based palliative care services.

Inpatient palliative care

Inpatient palliative care at GV Health provides symptom management and end-of-life care for patients and their families who are suffering from a life limiting illness. Palliative care may include short term symptom management with the aim to enable optimal wellbeing.

The inpatient palliative care team consists of Medical Physicians along with nursing and allied health staff. The West Hume Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant provides consultation and advice for patients with complex symptom management. Recruitment is currently underway for a Palliative Care Physician at GV Health.

Inpatient palliative care is provided at the Graham Street Campus in Shepparton, and the Tatura and Waranga (Rushworth) Campuses.

Referral Information

Access to in-patient palliative care is by referral from a medical doctor or via a community palliative care service and should include:

  • Presenting illness and symptoms
  • Previous past history and medications; and
  • Relevant radiology and pathology results, if not completed at G V Health

Before a referral can be made, please contact a Palliative Care Team member.

The preferred method of referral is fax.
Phone: (03) 5832 3490
Fax:  (03) 5832 2572 Attention Palliative Care Team

West Hume Consultancy Service

Palliative Care Consultancy in the Hume Region is provided by GV Health – West Hume Consultancy, and Albury Wodonga Health – East Hume Consultancy

The West Hume consultancy team consists of:

The West Hume Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant, with additional support from St Vincent’s Health Palliative Care Physicians. Recruitment for a Palliative Care Physician at GV Health is underway.

The primary role of the team is clinical consultation, providing assistance with complex symptom management. Additional elements of the role include education, research and quality improvement.

Inpatient palliative care consultancy

In conjunction with the patients treating team, the consultancy team can assist with:

  • managing patients’, symptoms and emotional and spiritual needs.
  • discharge planning, including linking in with community-based support services, and
  • End of life care.

Outpatient palliative care consultancy

  • Secondary consultancy advice to community palliative care services, General Practitioners and other primary healthcare providers.
  • Monthly palliative care clinics held in Shepparton by Palliative Care Physicians from St Vincent’s Health.

Education and development

  • The coordination, facilitation, and provision of palliative care education and training.
  • Quality improvement activity.

Referral Information

Access to Palliative Care Consultancy is by a medical doctor or via a community palliative care service.

Phone: 0438 842 389 (Mon – Fri)
Fax:  (03) 5832 2572 Attention West Hume Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant

Advance Care Planning

Advance Care planning is critical to the provision of successful palliative care. We encourage all primary care providers to discuss this with patients and their families.

Additional support available

Decision Assist provides 24 hour palliative care and advance care planning advisory services to health professionals including general practitioners and aged care staff in all areas of Australia, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Inquiries on the palliative approach range from medication, symptom management, psychosocial support and bereavement advice to information about education.

Phone 1300 668 908 for 24/7 specialist palliative care advice

www.decisionassist.org.au

For further information about palliative care or to locate a service in Victoria visit:

Palliative Care Victoria