Palliative Care

Palliative care provides high quality health care and support for patients who are living with a life limiting illness, and their carers and families. The focus of care is to assist with managing pain and symptoms, and other concerns – physical, emotional, spiritual or social – to ensure quality of life is maintained.

GV Health provides an integrated palliative care service that includes in-patient palliative care, and palliative care consultancy through the Goulburn Region Palliative Care Consultancy Service.

Our Team

Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine: Dr Siva Subramaniam
Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultants: Annette Cudmore and Chris Keogh
Palliative Care Advance Registrar (Accredited with RACP, Clinical Diploma & Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine)
Administration: Sandra Jasper

Inpatient Palliative Care at GV Health

Inpatient palliative care is provided by a dedicated multidisciplinary team of health professionals at the Graham Street Campus in Shepparton, and at Tatura and Waranga (Rushworth) Campuses.
Our multidisciplinary team comprises of Doctors including a Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine, nursing and allied health professionals including occupational therapists, social workers and dieticians. The team is further supported by Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultants (CNC) from the Goulburn Region Palliative Care Consultancy Service. Inpatient palliative care at the Graham Street campus has 6 beds, with some beds at the Tatura and Waranga (Rushworth) campuses. We provide Inreach consults and outpatient support also.

Referral information

Admission to inpatient palliative care is by referral from a medical doctor, inpatient medical services or a community palliative care service and should include:

  • Referral letter
  • Presenting illness and symptoms, Past medical history and medications
  • Relevant radiology and pathology results, if not completed at GV Health
  • Any other relevant information and or correspondence

If the referral is urgent, please contact the CNC (0438 842 389) or Registrar via the switchboard
5832 2322.

Goulburn Region Palliative Care Consultancy Service (GRPCCS)

The Consultancy Service team consists of Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine and Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultants. The GRPCCS is based at GV Health in Shepparton and work collaboratively with healthcare providers across the Goulburn Region – The Greater City of Shepparton, Shires of Moira, Mitchell, Murrindindi and part of Strathbogie. The consultancy service works closely with community based palliative care services – Goulburn Valley Hospice Care Service Inc, Moira Palliative Care Service at NCN Health and Lower Hume Palliative Care Service at Seymour Health – to support people at home or in residential care.

The primary role of the consultancy team is to provide clinical consultation for complex symptom management for patients with life limiting illnesses. Additional elements of the Goulburn Region Palliative Care Consultancy Service include education, collaborative strategic planning, research and quality improvement processes.

Our Services

  • Inreach palliative care consultancy based at GV Health, Shepparton
    Consultancy support to medical treating teams for assessment and symptom management, advance care planning, discharge planning including linking patients to community-based support services and end of life care.
  • Regional palliative care consultancy
    Consultancy support to community-based healthcare professionals including General Practitioners, specialists and community palliative care services within the Goulburn Region.
  • Goulburn Region Supportive Care Outpatient Clinic
    Outpatient appointments by referral for palliative patients.

Referral information

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

  • Referral letter/ form (using one of the forms under Documents)
  • Presenting illness and symptoms, past medical history and medications
  • Relevant radiology and pathology results
  • Any other relevant information and or correspondence

Self-referral is also considered.

External Links

Palliative Care Victoria
CareSearch