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Children and Young People

Palliative Care for Children and Young People

Paediatric palliative care is a unique field of palliative care that aims to assist families caring for an infant, child or young person with a life limiting illness to achieve the best possible quality of life. Involvement of a palliative care service does equate to giving up or that treatment must be stopped. Palliative Care for children is different in the following areas;

The following services and resources may be useful to families requiring palliative care support in Queensland.

Queensland Paediatric Palliative Care Services

Children's Health Queensland's Paediatric Palliative Care Service,
"Our goal is to achieve the best possible quality of life for our patients and their families. Our service acknowledges that many aspects of palliative care can be applied earlier in the course of the illness, in conjunction with treatment. This includes pain management, management of other symptoms and the need to offer consistent psychological, social and spiritual support. The provision of palliative care services includes grief and bereavement support for the family and other carers during the life of the patients/clients, and continuing after death with the family".

The Children's Health Queensland's Paediatric Palliative Care Service is a state-wide service based at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane, providing support and also educational and clinical resources for paediatric palliative care patients. Their website and referral form is found here.

For further information please contact:

Children's Health Queensland's Paediatric Palliative Care Service,  

2e Outpatients, Level 2, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital,Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane, 4101

Ph (07) 3068 1111 or toll free 1800 249 648 (24hrs)



Queensland Youth Cancer Service
Our Vision; To provide excellence in comprehensive care for young people with cancer

Our Purpose; Provide coordinated age appropriate treatment and support services to 15 – 25 year old patients who receive cancer care in Queensland. 

The QYCS provides leadership and advocacy to enhance age appropriate multidisciplinary treatment and support services for adolescents and young adults  (15-25 years)  with a cancer diagnosis living in Queensland and Northern NSW and is provided through a formal partnership which is coordinated from Children’s Health Queensland (CHQ) Hospital and Health Service (HHS).

The QYCS Central Team is located at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH) and organises and provides governance and coordination of comprehensive and specialised care across the Cancer Centres within Metro South HHS - Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH), Metro North HHS – Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH), Gold Coast HHS – Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) and Townsville HHS – The Townsville Hospital (TTH).

The QYCS provides clinical resources, education and supports research in the area of AYA cancer.

Contacting the team:

Qld Youth Cancer Service Main Office

Monday to Friday (excl. public holidays) 08:00 – 16:30

Tel       07 3068 3745

            07 3068 1383


Web - being updated at present


Hummingbird House
Queensland's only children's hospice is a medically supported home away from home for children affected by life-limiting condition and their families.  Providing specialist care short break stays; creative therapies; family support and care at the end of life; Hummingbird House is a place where kids can be kids, families can reconnect and precious memories can be created.

Referrals to Hummingbird House are currently only accepted through the Paediatric Palliative Care Service at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, (see details above). Please contact the Paediatric Palliative Care Service on 1800 249 648 for further discussion.  An expanded referral process is planned in future. For more information on Hummingbird house please visit the website below or contact using the details provided.

Address 60 Curwen Terrace, Chermside 4032

Phone 07 33501563                                                   





A practical guide to palliative care in paediatrics (Queensland Health)  

CareSearch Palliative Care Knowledge Network – Paediatric Palliative Care

CareSearch is an online resource designed to help those needing relevant and trustworthy information and resources about palliative care. The website has been funded by the Australian Government's Department of Health. This section has specific information and resources for Paediatric Palliative Care. It also has a list of state based Paediatric Palliative care services.

CareSearch - Improving Children’s Palliative Care Close to Home in Australia

A guest blog post on CareSearch from Dr Anthony Herbert, Director, Paediatric Palliative Care Service, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane and Project Lead, Quality of Care Collaborative of Australia for Paediatric Palliative Care Education (QuoCCA)

Paediatric Palliative Care Position Statement

Palliative Care Australia and The Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Palliative Care Reference Group produced this position statement on Paediatric Palliative Care in 2015.

Therapeutic Guidelines, Palliative Care, Principles of Paediatric Palliative Care

Palliative Care textbook that provides a section on Principles in Paediatric palliative care which includes advice on symptom management, care coordination, advance care planning and resources for family and health professionals. (Requires registration and payment for online access or printed copy).

Queensland Child and Youth Network

The Queensland Child and Youth Network have a Palliative Care Working group who have provided a list of resources for both health professionals and families available here.

International Children’s Palliative Care Network.

This website has an e-learning program for healthcare providers as well as many other resources. 




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