Palliative Care

The World Health Organisation definition: Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, 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:

  • provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
  • affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
  • intends neither to hasten nor postpone death;
  • integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
  • offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death;
  • offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement;
  • uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated;
  • will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness;
  • is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.

GV Health provides an integrated palliative care service that includes palliative care consultancy and in-patient palliative care. The service works closely with community-based palliative care services that support people to be cared for in their home.

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

Further information:

  • For a current inpatient at GV Health speak to the treating Medical Doctor or Nurse
  • For Community Palliative Care contact a service in your area – Hume Region or Victoria
  • For general information contact your GP or relevant health professional.

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

Palliative Care Victoria