​What is palliative care?

Palliative care is special help for someone who is near the end of their life.

End of life means someone has an illness or a condition that means they will die.

Palliative care helps reduce pain.

It makes people as comfortable as possible until they die.

Palliative care can also support people to understand what is happening.

Easy read palliative care information

We have made four easy read booklets to help you understand palliative care and what to do.

Palliative care for you

Palliative care is special support for someone who is dying.

Read this booklet to find out:

  • what is palliative care
  • where to get palliative care
  • how to make choices about palliative care.

If you need palliative care, read the easy read booklet about palliative care for you.

Palliative care for someone close to you

Palliative care can also help the family or close friends of someone who is dying.

Read this booklet to find out:

  • what is palliative care
  • about support that is available for a person who is dying
  • what to expect with palliative care.

If your family or close friends need palliative care, read the easy read booklet about palliative care for people close to you.

Palliative care for children

This easy read booklet has information to help you understand what palliative care is for children.

It will help you if a child in your family needs palliative care.

Read this booklet to find out:

  • what is palliative care for children
  • where palliative care for children happens.

Read the easy read booklet about palliative care for children.

Talking about death and dying

Everyone needs to talk about death and dying.

People do not always talk to people with disability about death because they think they will be too stressed.

Read this booklet​ to understand what death is and how to talk about it.

To learn more about death and dying, read this easy read booklet.

How to use these easy read resources

We have also produced a guide which may be useful for families, health practitioners and others who are reading these resources.
It addresses concerns that can sometimes be raised by families, supporters and the health practitioners when they experience easy read for the first time.
Read this guide to understand how to use these easy read resources.

Palliative Care After Hours Helpline

You can call the After Hours Helpline when your normal support is not available.
 
The After Hours Helpline is for:
  • people getting palliative care
  • families
  • carers of a person getting palliative care.

You can call them on 1800 548 225.

The After Hours Helpline is open from 5pm to 9am every day.

Palliative Care Volunteer Support Services

The Palliative Care Volunteer Support Services can help people who are dying and their families. 

The volunteers can help by providing practical support.​​​​​​​​​​

Page Updated: Thursday 17 October 2019