Professionals should consider referral to specialist palliative care services for any person with serious progressive illness, whose level of need is considered beyond the scope of the current caring team.

Referral should be considered for people with the following:

  • Symptoms that are difficult to control
  • Psychological concerns (e.g. anxiety, depression)
  • Social concerns (e.g. family/carer’s needs)
  • Spiritual concerns (e.g. requiring help in adjusting to diagnosis or prognosis)

Intervention may take the form of direct contact with the person, or may consist of advice and support to the referring team.

Referrals should be made using the referral form.

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