Palliative Care Northern Territory

What is palliative care?
Palliative care is specialised care and support provided for someone living with a terminal condition. Palliative care also involves care and support for family members and carers.

Palliative care is provided in a sensitive way, taking into account individual and family uniqueness, cultural and spiritual beliefs and lifestyle patterns.

Palliative care:

  • affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
  • neither hastens nor postpones death
  • provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • integrates the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspect of patient care
  • offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
  • offers a support system to help family and friends cope during the patient’s illness and their bereavement. 

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