Palliative care

Palliative care is nursing and support that is available to anyone who is sick and unlikely to recover - regardless of their age.

What is palliative care?

Most people think of palliative care as a service for elderly people who are in the last stages of their life. While this is true, palliative care is also available to anyone who is sick and unlikely to recover – regardless of their age.

During this time there are lots of different services available to both the patient, and the patient’s family. Latrobe Community Health Service acts as a coordinator. We bring together a team of people to support a palliative care patient and their family. We provide many services, but we can also partner with other experts and services if needed.

It is a team effort: as much as possible, patients and their families lead all decisions. Our role is to advise on available services and then help the patient in the way he or she wishes.

Practical support

Some of the things we can help with include:

  • in-home nursing care
  • giving medicine
  • physiotherapy
  • massage
  • coordinating care with the doctor and pharmacist
  • showering
  • preparing meals
  • keeping the house neat
  • ensure the house is fitted out with aids like handles in the shower or elevated toilet seats.
Nurse smiling at elderly on wheelchair

Emotional support

If you are in need of emotional support, we can also connect you to counselling and psychological support, as well as pastoral support.

There are many other needs and requests that arise for a palliative care patient. Latrobe Community Health Service is experienced in working to meet those needs, whatever they may be.

The Palliative Care Service operates 7 days a week between 7.30am and 6pm, including public holidays.

A 24-hour on-call phone service also operates for patients who need an after-hours nurse visit.


To be eligible for Latrobe Community Health Service palliative care, you should live in Latrobe City. You must also have an advanced illness that has little or no prospect of cure. This may include late-stage dementia or cancer and other illnesses. You also need a local doctor we can work with to coordinate your care.


If you are eligible, there is no cost for Latrobe Community Health Service palliative care. But paying for medication and some equipment remains the responsibility of the patient.