Palliative Care

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.


Would you like to participate in a research interview relating to LGBTIQ+ inclusive Palliative Care? 

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LGBTIQ+ Health Australia and the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) are inviting LGBTIQ+ people and/or health professionals to share their views on palliative care. Palliative care includes experiencing a life-limiting illness, facing end-of-life and bereavement. It is particularly important that palliative care is inclusive and appropriate for all LGBTIQ+ people. You don’t have to be accessing palliative care services to participate in this research. All views are welcome.

You can take part in this research if you:

  • Are an LGBTIQ+ person
  • An LGBTIQ+ healthcare professional, LGBTIQ+ allied health professional or and LGBTIQ+ psychologist
  • Are a health professional 
  • Reside in Australia
  • Are 18 years and older
  • Are proficient enough in English to complete an interview English

If you are interested, you would complete a 45 – 60-minute interview with a member of our research team of your choosing. We collect no identifying information in the course of the interview. In recognition of your time, you would receive a $50 gift voucher.

If you are interested, please e-mail the Palliative Care Project Co-ordinator, Miss Hannah Morgan at [email protected]

The research has been approved by the NPI Human Research Ethics Committee

Approval no.750030821

Closing date: 19/08/21

The National Palliative Care Survey has Closed 

The National Palliative Care Survey closed on the 05/08/2021.

Thank you to everyone that was able to participate.

We will be sharing the results of the survey shortly. 

If you have expressed interest in participating in an interview you will hear from us in the coming weeks. 


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