Seeking to effect positive and systemic change in palliative care practice, and accelerate the translation of research-generated knowledge to improve patient care.
Palliative care is a unique medical speciality that focuses on achieving the best possible quality of life for people with serious illness. As an emerging field, palliative care is accruing an evidence base to ensure the best care underpinned by the best research is available to people who have no time to waste.
This team brings together clinicians, researchers and allied health professionals, under the leadership of the VCCC Chair of Palliative Medicine. The group seeks to effect positive and systemic change in palliative care practice and accelerate the translation of research-generated knowledge into improved patient care nationally and internationally. The team is clinically embedded within St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and other partners of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC).
The mission of the Palliative Medicine Research Group is to lead a program of robust, ethical and high-quality research that specifically focuses on improving:
- ‘Systems of care’ - the ways in which palliative care is provided
- ‘Engagement with palliative care’ - how we best talk about and come to shared decisions about treatment and care
- ‘The evidence for best clinical care’ - how we best support the patient and their family
Contact and more information
Professor Jennifer Philip
Melbourne Medical School
+61 3 9231 1267
Flagship project | The Care Plus Study
The CARE Plus Study is a multisite study implementing palliative care for people with cancer to address the gaps between evidence and practice, reduce variation in clinical care, and ensure that best quality care is both timely and delivered routinely for all.
It takes an evidence driven approach to implement standardised, timely palliative care for people with cancer, to improve health outcomes and reduce acute hospitalisation at the end of life. A randomised stepped-wedge implementation study will be conducted, with ‘planning, engagement, intervention delivery and evaluation’ stages at three cancer treatment centres.