Palliative Care - Service Overview

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of clients (adults and children) and their families facing the problems associated with a life-threatening illness. Palliative care assists the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual (World Health Organization).

BCH strives for excellence in community palliative care through the most innovative use of available resources and providing planning of care using evidence-based strategies.

What we do

The Specialist Community Palliative Care team provides quality, equitable and holistic palliative care for those individuals with a life-limiting illness and their families/carers at home.
Our multi-skilled, experienced team delivers clinical, psychological and spiritual support so that remaining at home is possible. Palliative care requirements differ and change over time, and our team regularly assess these needs and adapt accordingly.

  • Ongoing specialist assessment for symptom management

  • End-of-life care

  • Community Nursing support

  • Liaison with General Practitioners, specialists and other external providers

  • Occupational therapy assessment and organisation of essential equipment
  • Carer support and education

  • Volunteer support

  • Counselling

  • Bereavement support

  • Facilitation of advance care plans

Eligibility & Pricing

  • Government funded (Free)

Service Offered

  • In-home
  • Centre

For emergencies phone 000

BCH provides 24-hour telephone and nursing support to individuals and their families/carers.

BCH also refers clients to Compassionate Hearts on the Bellarine for additional support from volunteers.