Palliative care is specialised transitional health care provided to people of all ages as they progress through different stages of their illness towards death.
Palliative Care Services, within the Department of Health and Human Services, provides interdisciplinary care, consultancy, support and advice to people living with a life threatening illness and to their families through specialist inpatient and community outreach services. Care and support may be provided directly to individuals and families, or collaboratively with primary providers through education, consultancy and information.
Further information about palliative care services is available from the Department of Health and Human Services web site, http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/palliativecare/index.html
In 2002-03, 4,063 clients accessed community outreach services in Tasmania. The average length of stay for inpatients in 2002-03 was 10.9 days.