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    Who provides palliative care?

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    Palliative care is provided by a number of different health professionals, depending on the needs of the patient and the resources and needs of their family and carers. Some may specialise in palliative care and work full time in that role. Others will include palliative care as a part of their job, such as GPs and aged care nurses.

    Many health professionals may be involved in delivering care and generally they will work as part of an interdisciplinary team. A care team may include:

    • general practitioners
    • specialist palliative care doctors and nurses
    • specialist doctors – oncologists, cardiologists, neurologists, respiratory physicians
    • nurses
    • allied health professionals – pharmacists, occupational, therapists, physiotherapists
    • social workers
    • grief and bereavement counsellors
    • pastoral care workers
    • volunteers
     
    You can read more about the roles of different health professionals involved in palliative care on the CareSearch website - http://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/ForPatientsandFamilies/AboutPalliativeCare/WhoProvidesPalliativeCare/TheRoleofHealthProfessionals/tabid/954/Default.aspx
     

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