Paediatric palliative care improves the quality of life of a child by treating their symptoms such as pain, but by also providing spiritual, emotional and social support to their whole family.
The resources were developed by PCA in collaboration with Paediatric Palliative Care Australia and New Zealand (PAPCANZ), who are a group of clinicians from across Australia working in paediatric palliative care.
The Minister for Health the Hon Greg Hunt MP launched new paediatric palliative care resources at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne on Tuesday 23 January. The resources were developed by PCA in collaboration with Paediatric Palliative Care Australia and New Zealand and the project was funded by the Department of Health. Read the media release or watch a video of the launch.
The new website provides practical information about paediatric palliative care to families who have a child with a life-limiting illness, as well as the people who support them. Information is also available for health professionals to better support families and provide quality paediatric palliative care. Paediatric palliative care enables the baby, child or young adult to live in an environment where curative treatment can be part of their life, but not their entire focus. It aims to provide the best quality of life through a holistic approach which supports the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of the child and their family. There are a number of Fact sheets for Ongoing/Palliative Care available to download but of particular interest is the inclusion of a Spiritual, Religious and Cultural Wishes fact sheet.
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