Can children be in palliative care?

Can children be in palliative care?

Any child or young person who has a serious, complex, or life-limiting illness may receive palliative care. Palliative care is helpful for children with diseases like: cancer. neurological (brain) conditions.

What does palliative care mean for children?

Introduction to children’s palliative care Children’s palliative care is about promoting the best possible quality of life and care for every child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition and their family.

How does palliative care work in Australia?

Palliative care is treatment, care and support for people living with a life-limiting illness. A life-limiting illness is an illness that can’t be cured and that you’re likely to die from.

What conditions qualify for palliative care?

Palliative care specialists treat people living with many disease types and chronic illnesses. These include cancer, cardiac disease such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and many more.

What is paediatric palliative care?

Paediatric palliative care (PPC) is a holistic approach to the care of children with life-limiting illness and their families. It is an active and total approach to care that embraces physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements.

Why are more children being referred to palliative care?

The number of children referred to palliative care is likely to increase with time as awareness of the need and knowledge of what palliative care teams can offer increases in the community and health system.

How do I contact palliative care after-hours?

Phone the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Switchboard on (08) 8161 7000 and ask to speak with the Palliative Care After-Hours phone support service. You will be asked for your name and phone number to be given to the on-call clinician who will call you back within 10 minutes, but if you don’t hear after 10 minutes please call again.

What is the GP’s role in palliative care?

As highlighted in the case study below, the role of the GP includes clinical reviews, symptom management, support for community palliative care teams and, if needed, certification after death.