Specialist palliative care services in the ACT

Palliative care can help anyone who has a serious incurable illness. It is there to help you live as fully and as comfortably as possible.

It can help improve your quality of life. It can also help someone who is nearing the end of their life and is dying, as well as their family and/or carers.

Canberra Health Services offer a range of palliative care services for children, young people and adults. 

For more information visit the Canberra Health Services website. 

Paediatric Palliative Care Service

The role of Paediatric Palliative Care Service is to make sure quality palliative care is provided for all children or young people living with a life-limiting illness and to support their families. A Paediatric Palliative Care Nurse is based at Canberra Hospital and is able to work alongside of your paediatrician and the treating team to provide support either in hospital or at home. Many children who are palliative may also receive care in Sydney. The Paediatric Palliative Care Nurse works closely with the Sydney Children’s Care Network to make sure you continue to receive palliative care services when you return home.

A child with a life-limiting illness under the care of paediatric services can be referred by their GP or paediatrician, or through self-referral. All self-referrals must be confirmed by the child or young person’s paediatrician.

Paediatric Palliative Care Service Phone number: 02 5124 7578

Service hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 am- 5:00 pm

Palliative Care ACT support a volunteer program at Canberra Hospital. Volunteers provide a range of support services and a friendly face during your hospital stay.

Canberra Health Services, with the support of the Canberra Hospital Foundation and local community groups, provide comfort care resources for people at the end of their life. These resources are also available for families in all wards of both Canberra Hospital, North Canberra Hospital and University of Canberra Hospital. Please talk with your health professional for more information.

Paediatric Palliative Care

Page last updated on: 3 Jul 2023