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About Palliative Care....
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of clients and their families facing the problem associated with a life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychological and spiritual (World Health Organisation 2002)
Palliative care's aim is to Improve the quality of life for individuals with a life-limiting illness and their families, by reducing their suffering through early identification, assessment and treatment of pain, physical, psychological, social, and spiritual problems. A palliative approach is not delayed until the end stages of an illness. Instead a palliative approach provides a focus on active comfort care and a positive approach to reducing an individual's symptoms and distress (e.g. via soothing and nurturing massage), which facilitates residents and their families understanding that they are being actively supported through this process. Underlying the philosophy of a palliative approach is a positive and open attitude towards death and dying. **
* Patients need to check with their health funds regarding massage therapy rebates.
** (Standards for Providing Quality Palliative Care to all Australians . PCA 2005).