What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care includes treatment care and support which aims to increase a person’s quality of life and comfort as they experience life-limiting or advanced disease. This involves attention to the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of a person’s wellbeing.
LGBTIQ+ people and Palliative Care
All LGBTIQ+ people should feel confident that they can access inclusive palliative care that is safe and respectful. The current research indicates that there are many barriers that prevent this.
We are currently engaged in a three-year National Palliative Care Project that will build the capacity of the palliative care sector to provide culturally appropriate services to LGBTIQ+ people through:
- Research - needs analysis report to inform content for education
- Development of educational e-modules targeted at GPs and Practice Nurses
- A dynamic network of Community of Practice groups focused on LGBTIQ+ inclusive palliative care.