The Palliative Care Service works with patients and their families at any point when they require support, from diagnosis through to death and bereavement.
Palliative Care Services at Austin Health are provided by a twenty-one bed inpatient unit and an acute consultancy team who visit patients across all areas of the Austin Health.
Dr Juli Moran
Phone: 03 9496 3747
The Palliative Care Unit is located on Ward 8 South, Level 8 of the ONJCWC.
Patients are admitted to the twenty-one bed inpatient unit if they have complex pain and symptom management issues or emotional or psychological distress. Where possible, the unit assists patients to return to their home, with the support of community-based palliative care service providers from the North and West Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium.
The unit is staffed by a specialist team of medical, nursing and allied health staff, with visiting pastoral care and volunteer staff and a program of evidence-based Wellness therapies and programs. The unit can assist with:
External referrals may be made by medical, nursing or allied health
People with a progressive life limiting illness (cancer and non cancer) requiring specialist palliative care services.
People are triaged based on clinical urgency by the senior medical and nursing staff.
After Hours Service
The palliative care unit provides a 24 hour service.
Nurse Unit Manager
Phone: 03 9496 2542
The Palliative care consultancy team, consisting of medical and nursing consultants, works with inpatients across Austin Health who have a life threatening illness to help them manage their pain and symptoms and maximise their wellbeing in the face of their illness.
The team may be called to assess patients when they first receive their diagnosis. They are able to help the patient, and their family, cope with the news and its implications.
The team can assist with:
Referrals for Austin Health inpatients may be made to the Nurse Consultants via telephone or pager.
Austin Health inpatients with a life limiting illness and symptoms or issues requiring specialist palliative care services.
Based on clinical urgency, via the on duty Clinical Nurse Consultant/s.
After Hours Service
Hospital staff can access the palliative care medical consultant on call.
Nurse Consultants can be contacted on (03) 9496 5000, then paged on individual numbers below: