Palliative Care is the coordinated medical, nursing and allied health care for people who have a progressive life limiting illness. It aims to achieve the best quality of life for clients and their caregivers whilst acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual.
Palliative Care provides physical, psychological, social and spiritual support for clients and their families and where possible this care is delivered to clients in their preferred location which may be at home, in hospital, Palliative Care unit or a Residential Aged Care Facility.
About our Service
The SSWLHD Palliative Care service is a multidisciplinary service consisting of Palliative Care Medical Staff Specialists, Registrars, Nurses, Allied health professionals and volunteers.
Our service specialises in providing
The SWSLHD Specialist Palliative Care service works closely with primary community services such as local doctors, and community health nurses who offer continued support and care in a client's home and provide the day to day care and coordination. We also work with treating doctors and hospital staff during a hospital admission.
Palliative Care Units/Ward
SWSLHD has two inpatient Palliative Care Units at Camden Hospital and Braeside Hospital (Hammondcare) and a Palliative Care Ward at Liverpool for clients who are known to the service and require symptom control or terminal care.
The unit caters for residents from the Camden, Wollondilly, Wingecarribee and Macarthur Local Government Areas who are known to the SWSLHD Palliative Care service requiring symptom control or terminal care.
Braeside Hospital (Hammondcare)
Braeside Hospital is located in the LGA of Fairfield however provides services to client who predominately live in Fairfield, Liverpool and Bankstown LGAs as well as Palliative Care Medical Staff Specialist consultations to Fairfield Hospital.
Liverpool Hospital Palliative Care Ward
Bankstown, Liverpool & Campbelltown Hospitals
Community Consultancy Service
This service is available to clients registered with the Palliative Care Service in the SWSLHD area, including consultations for referred residents living in Residential Aged Care Facilities.
After Hours Community Service
If you are at home:
Clients can be referred to our service by their hospital doctor or nurse, their local doctor, community nurse, social worker, RACF staff, or they can self refer to the service.
Referrals can be made by contacting Central Intake Referral Service, Triple i Hub on
GP's can make a direct referral to Palliative Care medical staff for home visits or RACF consultation can phone Area Palliative Care office on PH: (02) 8738 9753
In the hospital setting referrals are made by your treating team(s) to the Specialist Palliative Care Service for advice and assistance in relation to symptom control or end of life care. Talk to your treating doctor about referral to the Palliative Care Service.
A Palliative Care Volunteer is a very special person who has chosen to give their time to assist clients and their caregivers. The volunteer's role is to strengthen the ability of the ill person and their family to live as richly and fully as possible.
Each volunteer with our service has undertaken a comprehensive training program which enables them to extend to you and your family practical and caring support.
To be able to access the Volunteer Service, clients must be known to the Palliative Care Nursing Service. If you would like more information please contact the SWSLHD Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator on (02) 8738 9755or click here for more information about this service.
This service is supported by the SWSLHD Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator and operates from Monday - Friday between the hours of 8.30am – 5.00pm.
Losing someone that we are close to can be a difficult and confusing experience. There is a limited amount of information in the community about the process of grief and many people are disoriented and don't know what to expect. The many and varied effects of a loss, such as continued yearning for the loved one, sleep problems, anxiety, sadness, and a sense of meaninglessness can linger on for long periods of time after the death.
SWSLHD Palliative Care Service recognises that it can be difficult to adjust to a life without the person who died. A range of bereavement follow-up services are provided which are aimed at supporting the bereaved beyond the death of their loved one.
The service also provides education to health professionals and the community on grief and loss issues. For education and/or training requests please contact the Bereavement Coordinator on (02) 9756 8878 or via email: email@example.com.
Specialist Bereavement Counselling Service
The service offers a specialist, professionally qualified, free Bereavement Counselling Service. Family members and friends of patients who were registered with the SWSLHD Palliative Care Service and died at home, in a hospital, or nursing home can contact the service for support.
The service is based at Braeside Hospital. Family and friends, who find it hard to access the hospital can be seen in a Community Health Centre near them, and in special circumstances at home. For people who have difficulty with the English language interpreters can be arranged. Self-referral to the service is preferred and enquiries or referrals can be made by contacting the Bereavement Coordinator on (02) 9756 8878 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SWSLHD Palliative Care Service actively supports clinical trials of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions with focus on improving symptoms and quality of life. Treatments may include medications, but also the type and way services are delivered; and can be undertaken in hospital or at home.