Palliative Care and Bereavement

Palliative care is a supportive service for people with life threatening illnesses who no longer respond to curative treatment

Palliative care is an approach that improves quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention of suffering by early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychological and spiritual.

Palliative Care services A-Z

This is a guide to caring for those with a terminal condition. The emphasis here is on honouring the choices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT community. Also see these fact sheets.

Effective planning is the best way to ensure that family and health professionals respect a personís wishes. In an emergency situation it provides hospitals with the necessary information to make decisions in the patientís best interest in consultation with their chosen attorney

The ACT Palliative Care Society is the representative body for palliative care in the ACT. Their mission is to work with other organizations and services to facilitate, promote and improve palliative care in the ACT, and to offer compassion and support to the terminally ill, their families and friends.

The Bereavement Care Centre offers a range of resources - books to videos and articles - to help you through the process of grief. Phone the Bereavement Care Centre on 1300 654 556.

Carers ACT is the recognised and expert voice with and for Carers, as well as being the major provider of Carer services and supports in the ACT. Carers ACT is a member of the National Network of Carers Associations. We are a non government, not for profit association that relies on public and private sector support to fulfil our mission with and on behalf of Carers. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors with family caring and professional skills who set the strategic direction of the organisation and oversee financial and legal governance.

The CareSearch website provides palliative care information for patients, carers, families and friends.

Children grieve - and this can happen at an early age - but not in the same way as adults. Children are likely to show their grief in less direct ways than adults. Children move in and out of grief. Phone Parentlink on 13 34 27 for further information.

The ACT hospice Clare Holland House - by Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin - is the key provider of specialist palliative care across the ACT and surrounding region. Clare Holland House is a short term facility offering specialist palliative care to achieve quality end of life care. A consultation service is provided to Calvary Hospital, The Canberra Hospital, Calvary John James Hospital and the National Capital Private Hospital.
Phone Clare Holland House on (02) 6273 0336. Download a map.

GriefLink is an invaluable information resource on death-related grief for the community and health professionals.

Dealing with tough times can be confusing. Sometimes it's hard to know where to get the info on what to do and what to say to help you or a friend get through tough times. The 'Help in coping' information kit tells you what happens, what you can do and where you can find help.

The National Centre for Childhood Grief provides loving support in a safe place where children grieving a death can share their experience as they learn to live with its impact on their lives. The centre also provides education and training for individuals, schools and other organisations handling the grief of children and young people. Call the National Centre for Childhood Grief on 1300 654 556 or email:

For information on pastoral care services.

Palliative Care Australia is the National peak body representing the interests of palliative care service providers including anyone with an interest in palliative care both nationally and internationally.

Links to resources inform health professionals about palliative care and death and dying issues.

Reachout is a web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times. It is a good first step for yourng people to find information about grief and loss, as well as discover how other people have gotten through tough times.

This information is provided for advice only, but does not constitute endorsement of these services.