Palliative care for children/young people

About paediatric palliative care and available support.

What is paediatric palliative care?

Paediatric palliative care enables the baby, child or young adult to live in an environment where curative treatment can be part of their life, but not their entire focus.

It aims to provide the best quality of life through a holistic approach which supports the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of the child and their family.

In South Australia the Paediatric Palliative Care Service (PPCS) provides support to families caring for a child with a life-limiting illness. This is tailored to each family’s individual needs to help make decisions about care. The PPCS is a statewide service providing specialist care for children with life-limiting conditions.

The service does not replace the medical teams who care for your child at the hospital. We work with these teams and other health care services outside the hospital.

The service has a team of health care specialists:

  • Doctor
  • Nurses
  • Grief and Loss Coordinator
  • Social Worker
  • Art Therapist.

The team is supported by business and administrative personnel.

SA Paediatric Palliative Care

Learn more about the SA Paediatric Palliative Care Program by clicking the button below.