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Supportive & Palliative Care

Supportive and Palliative care is a service that helps to look after the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of someone living with a life limiting illness, and supports a person’s family and carers.

Palliative care helps people live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible. Palliative care helps people living with life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, motor neuron disease and end-stage kidney or lung disease.

The Supportive and Palliative Care team includes:

  • Aboriginal health worker
  • Dietitian
  • Family and/or carer
  • General practitioner
  • Nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Pastoral care
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Specialist doctor
  • Supportive and palliative care volunteer

For some people, Supportive and Palliative care may be beneficial from the time of diagnosis with a serious life-limiting illness. Palliative care can be given alongside treatments given by other doctors.

Supportive & Palliative Care is provided across all care settings including hospitals, home, aged care facilities, and Nepean Cancer Care Centre with its satellite clinics.

Many people with a life limiting illness prefer to be at home with the care of family, friends and their community. There are services available to support people at home and people can be supported to die at home if they wish.

If it is no longer possible to stay at home, the health care team will talk about options for ongoing care. Hospitals can support people for short-term stays, but a person cannot return home and requires care for several weeks or months, other options will be explored.

Location and Contact

Nepean Cancer Care Centre

Address:  Cnr Great Western Highway & Somerset Street, Kingswood

Phone: (02) 4734 3500

Fax: (02) 4734 3570

How to Refer

GP/Specialists to write detailed referral letter, with specified reasons for referral, addressed to one of our specialists.

Specialists Location & Time
Dr Alan Oloffs Nepean Cancer Care Centre (Tuesday am)
Dr Jeyanthi Kathiresan   Hawkesbury Hospital (Wednesday am)
Dr Melinda Van Leeuwen  Lemongrove Community Health Centre (Thursday am)
Dr Mark Dillon Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital (Monday am)
Dr Michael Noel

Nepean Cancer Care Centre (Monday pm)

Renal Support Care - Penrith Community Dialysis Centre (Thursday all day)

Dr Sam Steele

Lithgow TeleHealth (Monday am)

Nepean Cancer Care Centre (Friday am)

Referral Requirements and Pre Diagnosis

Patient to bring all recent scans and pathology results
Patient to bring a list of current medications and treatments
Patient to bring list of previous specialists.

Referral Form

Please send the completed referral via fax or email to:
Fax: 4734 3570




Thursday, 7 October 2021 11:18:20 AM