Palliative Care For Children - Who Provides It?

Palliative Care For Children - Who Provides It?

Palliative care for children can be provided a range of ways by the various teams caring for your child.

Key points to remember about palliative care

  • palliative care is the care provided to children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses, and their families/whānau
  • it focuses on comfort and quality of life and support for the child and their family/whānau

Who provides palliative care?

The community team

Many families will want to spend as much time as possible at home. General practitioners, local paediatricians and paediatric homecare or community workers form an important part of the team caring for your child and are able to provide support in the community.

The hospital team

The healthcare professionals who may be involved in your child's care include doctors, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, mental health professionals, dieticians and others. Family meetings with key staff can be organised and can help ensure everyone is clear about the plans for your child's care. These meetings can also provide an opportunity for you to ask questions.

The Specialist Palliative Care Team

The Starship Paediatric Palliative Care Team are available to provide advice and work together with the health professionals providing care for your child.  See the Starship website for more information about the specialist palliative care team.

This page last reviewed 07 April 2017.
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