What is Palliative Care
Palliative Care provides specialist health care and practical support to people who have an advanced disease or life limiting illness, ultimately aimed at enhancing their quality of life. At Melbourne City Mission, we provide expert symptom management and pay particular attention to physical, spiritual, social and cultural needs, ensuring that dignity and quality of life are at the forefront of everything we do.
How can we help you?
Our staff are health care professionals with extensive training and experience. Our team will visit you in your home or residential care facility and adapt our care to your circumstances.
- We understand that illness can affect people, their family and community in unexpected ways and may involve many challenges and careful day-to-day planning
- We respect and celebrate the individuality and diversity of our clients and their loved ones
- We provide professional care to people of any gender, cultural background, sexual orientation or spiritual belief
- We work in partnership with clients, carers, hospitals, other specialists and community services, general practitioners and specialist doctors.
Some of the support and resources we provide:
- Expert symptom and pain management
- Education for you and your carer/s about how to manage your illness and ongoing care
- Support and help to make the decisions and personal adjustments that may accompany serious illness
- Co-ordination of care and help with planning and resources
- Help with practical issues such as accessing benefits from Department of Human Services Centrelink
- Help with advance care planning and living wills
- Listening and companionship
- Professional support with emotional and spiritual concerns
- An opportunity for carers to take some ‘time out’
- Links to hospitals, palliative care inpatient units and community support agencies
- Consultancy services to other health professionals
- Bereavement support and information about grief
- Help with planning funerals.
When is specialist Palliative Care needed?
You can be referred to us if living with a terminal condition, advanced disease or life limiting illness is causing challenging physical, emotional or spiritual symptoms. We often work in partnership with other specialist services, such as the Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Consultancy and Royal District Nursing Service.
Our staff will make an introductory visit to you and your carer and assess how our service can be of assistance. An admission might be short term while specific issues are addressed or longer term for more complex and ongoing matters. You may move in and out of our service as your circumstances change.
Who can benefit from our services?
We cater for people of all ages living with a terminal condition, advanced disease or life limiting illness in the cities of Hume, Moreland, Darebin and Yarra. We also support other services, such as residential care facilities, in taking a palliative approach to enhance your quality of life.
What does it cost?
Our service is free of charge but donations are gratefully accepted.
How can someone avail of our service?
Please contact us on the below details to discuss your needs with our Referral Co-ordinator.
Further resources and information
We provide palliative care services seven days per week with limited services on weekends and public holidays.
|Address || Phone/Fax/Email ||Office opening hours || Service operating areas |
|472 Nicholson St |
North Fitzroy, Vic 3068
|03 9486 2666 |
03 9482 5094
|Monday – Friday |
|Darebin, Moreland, Hume and Yarra |