Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Palliative care information and resources


The national and state based resources provide a wealth of information about palliative care for both consumers and health professionals.

  1. National websites
  2. Western Australian websites

National websites


CareSearch is an online resource of palliative care information and evidence. This palliative care knowledge network provides information and resources to patients, families, clinicians, educators and other professional groups. The Quality Use of CareSearch is a special initiative to help understand what (and how) users are looking for information and to create resources to help people use the CareSearch website and its resources.

The Department of Health and Ageing

The Department of Health and Ageing palliative care website provides consumers with information on, and links to, palliative care services and publications. Information about the Australian Government’s Palliative Care Program and the National Palliative Care Strategy are available on this website.

Palliative Care Australia

Palliative Care Australia is the peak national organisation representing the interests and aspirations of all who share the ideal of quality care at the end of life for all. Palliative Care Australia is an incorporated body whose members are the eight state and territory palliative care associations and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine. The membership of those associations includes palliative care service providers, clinicians, allied health professionals, academics, consumers and members of the general community.

Respecting patient choices- advanced care planning

Respecting patient choices provides detailed information for both community members and health professionals about advanced care planning. State specific information about advanced care planning is easily accessible.

Cancer Learning

The Cancer Learning online hub is an initiative of Cancer Australia and aims to

  • consolidate the enormous variety of evidence-based learning activities, resources and information in cancer care available across Australia and overseas
  • provide a first port of call for health professionals, organisations and cancer networks who wish to undertake, build or plan professional development programs and activities in cancer care
  • enable resources and information to be shared by cancer care providers across Australia.

Palliative Care Nurses Australia

Palliative Care Nurses Australia (PCNA) is a unique membership organisation for all nurses working with people who are dying and their families. PCNA supports all nurses to continue their compassionate work with the dying person and their family as they journey through the experience of life limiting illness. PCNA keeps it members up to date with the latest palliative care issues, both nationally and internationally.

Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates (PCC4U)

PCC4U promotes the inclusion of palliative care education as an integral part of all medical, nursing and allied health undergraduate and entry-to-practice training, and ongoing professional development. A variety of learning modules are accessible on this website.

eVIQ Cancer Treatment Online

eVIQ Cancer Treatments Online is a point of care clinical information resource that provides health professionals with current evidence based, peer maintained, best practice cancer treatment protocols and information. eVIQ is relevant to the Australian clinical environment and can be accessed free 24 hours a day. eVIQ is designed to support a busy work flow in all clinical and geographical settings, allowing rural, remote and metropolitan health professionals, patients, carers and their families access to the same standard evidence based information.

ABC Radio National Palliative Care Forum series 2011

Peter Mares hosts several forums on palliative care with Bruce Rumbold, Director of the Palliative Care Unit at La Trobe University; Molly Carlile, a specialist in Palliative Care Nursing, Counselling and Education and the Manager of Palliative Care Services at Austin Health; Kim McCarthey, palliative care patient and her partner and carer, Gary Coleman.

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Western Australian websites

Palliative Care WA

Palliative Care WA Inc is the representative community organisation which seeks to improve the quality of care and support available to all Western Australians at the end of life. This website provides detailed, accurate and easy to use information about palliative care and end of life care in Western Australia for the public, for healthcare providers, for policy makers and the media.

WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network

The WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network (WACPCN) is a group of individuals and organisations committed to improving the patient experience for people with cancer or people accessing palliative care services. The Network provides a range of services to patients, the community and health professionals.

WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care

The Western Australian Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care (WACCPC) is a collaboration between Curtin University and Edith Cowan University. The principal role of the WACCPC is to coordinate and support the research efforts of the team, and to ensure the dissemination of research findings to appropriate professionals, academics, palliative care/cancer providers and policy makers. The WACCPC works with local, national and international partners to conduct high quality, clinically relevant research.

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