About Us

Palliative Care Australia 

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is the national peak body for palliative care. 

PCA represents all those who work towards high-quality palliative care for all Australians. Working closely with consumers, our Member Organisations and the palliative care workforce, we aim to improve access to, and promote the need for, palliative care. 

Paediatric Palliative Care Australia and New Zealand  

Paediatric Palliative Care Australia and New Zealand (PaPCANZ) is a professional group which aims to build expertise and further develop paediatric palliative care and ensure sustainability and excellence in this dual specialty. PaPCANZ is an incorporated entity. All specialist paediatric palliative care services across Australia are represented by, and contribute to the work of, PaPCANZ .

PaPCANZ have an expectation that they will develop policies and practices in partnership that incorporate and value the mana of matauranga Māori and tikanga.

Our Collaboration

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) and Paediatric Palliative Care Australia and New Zealand (PaPCANZ) represent a strong network of health professionals, and dedicated professionals committed to the delivery of quality paediatric palliative care for all. 

PCA and PaPCANZ work closely to provide information, resources, educational tools and drive advocacy for health professionals, support organisations, families, carers, and young people to enhance the experience of and access to specialised paediatric palliative care in Australia.

How it all began

The Paediatric Palliative Care National Action Plan Project received grant funding from the Australian Government as part of the Supporting Children with Life Threatening Medical Conditions and their Families 2019 election commitment.

Palliative Care Australia is pleased to be working closely with Paediatric Palliative Care Australia and New Zealand (PaPCANZ) to deliver the project.  

This exciting three-year project commenced in July 2020.

Each infant, child, young person and family is unique, and everyone’s paediatric palliative care experience will be different.

The role of families and caregivers is central to the care provided.

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The provision of high quality paediatric palliative care for every infant, child, young person and their families involves collaboration between the child, family, caregivers, and multidisciplinary health care professionals.

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Adolescent. Teenager. Young adult. Whatever you call it, being at the cusp of adulthood is a unique time of life, full of figuring out who you are and what’s important to you. And if you’re also navigating a serious, life-threatening or life-limiting condition, or someone close to you is, you probably have things on your mind that are different to a lot of your friends. That’s what this page is for.

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The purpose of the National Service Directory is to provide consistent, reliable and easily accessible information about palliative care services and supports to the Australian public.

National Service Directory

Each infant, child, young person and family is unique, and everyone’s paediatric palliative care experience will be different.

The role of families and caregivers is central to the care provided.

Read more

The provision of high quality paediatric palliative care for every infant, child, young person and their families involves collaboration between the child, family, caregivers, and multidisciplinary health care professionals.

Read more

Adolescent. Teenager. Young adult. Whatever you call it, being at the cusp of adulthood is a unique time of life, full of figuring out who you are and what’s important to you. And if you’re also navigating a serious, life-threatening or life-limiting condition, or someone close to you is, you probably have things on your mind that are different to a lot of your friends. That’s what this page is for.

Read more

The purpose of the National Service Directory is to provide consistent, reliable and easily accessible information about palliative care services and supports to the Australian public.

National Service Directory

Get involved

Learn more here about the Paediatric Palliative Care National Action Plan project and how you can get involved to improve palliative care for infants, children, young people and their families.