Palliative care

Palliative care helps people live as fully and as comfortably as possible with a life-limiting illness. Palliative care is for people of any age. It can be provided in your home, a hospital, a hospice or an aged care (nursing) home. Find out how to get the best care for you and your loved ones.

About palliative care

Find out about palliative care — what is is, where it is provided, what it costs and how to get the best care for you.

Start the conversation

Talking about end-of-life care can be hard. Get some tips on how to start that conversation.

Planning your palliative care

Having a plan can help relieve the stress on you and your family. Look at our guide to planning your care.

Find a palliative care service provider

Understand the different types of palliative care providers and the different places you can receive care.

Browse palliative care for

Children and young people

Palliative care for children and young people is different to adults. Find out how to decide if your child needs palliative care and what services are available.


Caring for someone with a life-limiting illness can be an emotional experience. Find out what support is available to help you and the person you care for.

Latest resources

Latest resources


Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care Program – Country Western Australia PHN

Country Western Australia Primary Health Network (PHN) is working with the City of Albany to improve access to safe, high quality palliative care in primary and community care.

Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care Program – Adelaide PHN

The Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) introduced Advance Care Plans in Residential Aged Care Facilities in 2018 to document and improve care from the moment a resident enters a facility right up until their final journey through life.

Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care Program – Brisbane South PHN

The Brisbane South Primary Health Network is using funding from the Australian Government’s Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care program to improve safe and effective end of life care outside of hospital settings.

Greater Choice for At Home Palliative Care Program – North Western Melbourne PHN

The Precious Time: an end of life directory is a unique website developed by the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (PHN) to help patients, family, friends and carers access a range of palliative care and support services in a meaningful and holistic manner.