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Cabrini Palliative Home Care Service

The Cabrini Palliative Home Care service was the first privately funded community specialist palliative care service in Australia.


It provides nursing assessment and care to assist patients to be supported with symptom management and end of life care in their home environment, including residential aged care facilities.

The service works in partnership with GP’s and other health care, community and support services to:

  • provide advice and support to patients and carers regarding symptom management,
  • assesses the requirement for specialist medical involvement and hospitalisation and
  • support patients with end of life care in their home environment.

We are also seeking to improve the service offering to our community palliative care patients through the provision of allied health services for chronic disease and palliative home care patients who are unable to attend outpatient clinics and require home visits.  These allied health visits are on a fee for service basis and include Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech therapy and Social Work.  Pastoral services practitioners can also visit patients in their homes for psychosocial support. 

Home visits are generally scheduled between 9 am and 6 pm in accordance with patient preferences but there is an on call nurse available 24 hours a day to provide telephone advice and or after hour’s visits as required. The service currently operates within a 15 km boundary from Cabrini Malvern to ensure it is responsive to patient needs.

The home care service generally incurs no cost to patients as it is billed and funded through the patients’ private health insurance fund, however, an annual excess may be charged by some Health Funds. On referral to the service, administrative staff will check with your health insurer to ensure you are adequately covered and will explain the costs and obtain financial consent before commencement of care and service. Patients without private health cover may access the services on a fee for service basis.

In the event of your health provider not covering your costs or if you are unable to cover costs independently, we will advise you of alternative service providers.

Referrals to Home Care may be made by:

Telephone: 9508 5030

Fax: 9508 5035

Online referral at

A Home Care visit will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time for an initial assessment. The assessment will usually take approximately 60 – 90 minutes. Following admission to the service, a Palliative Care Nurse may be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for advice