John Flynn Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care refers to the ongoing management of your illness and the symptoms you may experience. Palliative Care can be delivered to you over a period of months, even over a period of years as cancer becomes a more ‘chronic’ disease.

Palliative Care allows you to maintain your quality of life in a way that promotes independence.

Palliative Care aims to:

  • Help you achieve the best quality of life for as long as possible.
  • Ensure your physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs are met.
  • Allow you to feel in control of your situation and ongoing care.

Palliative Care does not mean that you have ‘given up’ or that you are going to die soon. Palliative Care means living the best life you can, for as long as you can.