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Children and Young People

Palliative Care for Children and Young People

Paediatric Palliative Care provides support to families caring for an infant, child or young person with a life limiting illness. Seeing a Palliative Care service doesn’t mean that hope has been abandoned or that all treatment will be stopped. Paediatric Palliative Care aims to achieve the best quality of life possible for patients and their families through the provision of compassionate care with a focus on comfort and dignity. 


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



Children's Health Queensland's Paediatric Palliative Care Service

This is a state-wide service that provides inpatient care at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, home care state-wide, and also support to other hospitals in Queensland by telehealth. This pamphlet provides a more complete description of the service and what it provides.

   Their website has referral information that your local doctor or specialist may use or, for more information, call the toll free number (24 hours) for health professionals and parents / families on 1800 249 648.

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



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. For more details visit their website listed below.


Address; 60 Curwen Terrace, Chermside 4032

Phone; 07 33501563



Queensland Youth Cancer Service

The Queensland Youth Cancer Service (QYCS), is for adolescents and young adults aged 15 – 25 years who have been diagnosed with cancer. Our multidisciplinary team (medical, nursing and psychosocial specialists) is available to help you and your family get through the challenges you are facing.

A unique age group - adolescents and young adults have different needs to older people and children. Being a young adult is not easy at the best of times – work, study, finances, independence, peers … you name it, and it’s all happening!

A cancer diagnosis adds new and different challenges for you and your family to deal with. You might feel angry, sad, confused and worried about missing out on being with your friends and the plans you have been making.

We aim to make things easier for you and your family throughout your treatment and help you reconnect with to social, education and employment activities once you complete treatment and return home.

Simply call us and a member of our team will contact you.

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

Tel       07 3068 3745

            07 3068 1383





PalAssist, funded by Queensland Health and provided by Cancer Council Queensland. It is a Queensland-wide, no-cost, 24-hour telephone and online service for palliative care patients, carers, family and friends seeking practical information and emotional support. Their charter is to provide accurate information, referral advice and compassionate support to those dealing with a life-limiting or terminal illness. PalAssist is operated by a team of health professionals with nursing, social work and counselling experience. They offer individualised support and advice and can be contacted on 1800 772 273 or via their website



Children's Health Queensland's Directory of Support Services, Information and Resources for Bereaved Families.

A resource for families who have been touched by the loss of a child. (link to booklet to be placed here)

 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. 


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