Palliative care

Palliative care is the care provided if your child has a life-limiting or life-threatening illness. The care focuses on comfort and quality of life and support for your child and your family/whānau. Check this section to find out more about the goals of palliative care and how and where you can access it.

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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 your child and family/whanau.

All children receiving palliative care have unique needs. Palliative care involves some or all of the following: symptom management; psychosocial care; cultural care; spiritual care; advance care planning; respite care; end of life care; bereavement care.

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

Palliative care can be delivered in a number of settings in New Zealand.

Some New Zealand organisations and support groups which may be helpful depending on your child's illness. You could also check the links to more information about palliative care for children.