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Palliative Care - public patients


This page contains information for general practitioners on how to refer patients aged 16 and over to Palliative Care services at Mater Hospital Brisbane.

Scope of Service

Provides management for patients with active, progressive, life-limiting disease for whom the prognosis is limited and the focus of care is the quality of life.

Provides consultation for patients with cancer and non-cancer diagnoses that fit the above criteria.

Please Note:

  • This service does not provide a chronic pain service.  
  • Mater is unable to provide home visits to patients.  If a patient is likely to be too ill to attend the clinic, please consider a referral to their local palliative care service (web links below) or telephone the Palliative Care Consultant on call for advice.

* Metro South Palliative Care:

* St Vincents:

* Palliative Care Helpline:

* Karuna Hospice Services:

* Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education:


Referral Criteria

Please include all of the minimum referral requirements and:

Please triage the urgency for this patient according to the following categories:
- urgent – to be seen within 7 days
- routine – to be seen within 14 days

Mater Adult Referral Form

Referrals can be sent by:

Secure messaging           Medical Objects:   HM4101000R8

                                     HealthLink EDI:      materref                                                                                             

Fax                                07 3163 8548.

Anticipated Waiting Times for Appointments

Available appointments are provided to our patients based on clinical priority

Examples only (not a complete list or referrals accepted).  This should be used as a general guideline only – categorisation will be based on the individual referral.


-  Uncontrolled symptoms

-  End of life issues causing significant patient/carer distress

-  Asymptomatic patients

-  Future care planning

Most patients are seen within 7 days in usual situations. Most patients are seen within 14 days in usual situations.


Our Specialists

Prof Janet Hardy Director of Palliative Care
A/Prof Phillip Good Staff Specialist – Palliative Care
Dr Rohan Vora Staff Specialist – Palliative Care
Dr Russell Richard  Staff Specialist – Palliative Care


Bulk Billed Clinics

Mater Health Services offers patients the opportunity to attend bulk billed clinics. To provide your patient with the opportunity to attend a bulk billed specialist clinic, please provide a named referral to one of our specialists listed above.

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss a referral, including clinical criteria, or update the status of a current patient please contact our priority GP phone line on 07 3163 2200 

Content reviewed 23/12/15


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