The World Health Organisation (2008) defines Palliative Care as:
"an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychological and spiritual".
Palliative Care Consortia
Palliative Care Consortia are regional alliances of palliative care providers
established across Victoria in 2004. Their roles are to:
- undertake regional planning in line with departmental directions
- coordinate palliative care service provision in each region
- advise the department about regional priorities for future service development and funding
- with the Palliative Care Clinical Network, implement the service delivery framework and undertake communication, capacity building and clinical service improvement initiatives
Palliative care consortia are made up of voting members from all funded palliative care services in each region as well as other stakeholders from health and
community services in a non-voting capacity.
The NEMICS region covers some of the communities served by:
- Eastern Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium
- North & Western Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium