The Paediatric Palliative Care Service provides care and support for the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological needs of infants, children or young people who have a life-limiting illness. Care focuses on quality of life – it does not mean withdrawing all treatment. Active interventions such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, medication regimes or special diets may help to relieve symptoms and improve a child’s quality of life.
The service provides support to patients and others in their family (including siblings). Palliative care can be provided in a number of places including the home, children’s hospital, local hospital and hospice. Care and support is provided to children and their families through:
- managing pain and symptoms
- care coordination
- home visits
- school visits
- referral to additional specialists
- links to community support services
- assistance with equipment needs
- telehealth phone calls and video conferences
- practical and emotional support
- pastoral care
- bereavement support.
Senior Medical Officer
B Med Sci, MBBS, FRACP, FAChPM
Dr Herbert specialises in paediatric palliative care and spent part of his fellowship working at the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney. He has been working within the Paediatric Palliative Care Service in Brisbane since 2008 and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland.
Pain and symptom management (especially pain and insomnia);research into telehealth, communication and music therapy; and education for all health disciplines (undergraduate and post-graduate).
Senior Medical Officer
MB, BCh, BaO, BA, FRACP
Dr Kelly is a specialist in palliative care and completed part of her fellowship with the Paediatric Palliative Care Service. She currently holds positions with the Paediatric Palliative Care Service and the Metro North Palliative Care Service.
Symptom management, and augmentation of quality of life in malignant and non-malignant life limiting conditions; use of music and art therapy in palliative care; family-centred practical and emotional support; transition of care to adult services.
Contact the staff specialists (Dr Anthony Herbert or Dr Jean Kelly) or the paediatric fellow through the hospital switchboard.
Or call the palliative care toll free number on
Department operating hours
8am – 4.30 pm
After hours telephone support is also available.
Monthly, Thursday, 10am – 1 pm
Patients can be seen on the same day they visit other specialists, by prior arrangement.
Location of clinics
2e Outpatients, Level 2, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
Service catchment area
Referrals are accepted from general practitioners or paediatricians throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales.
Requirements for children who live outside the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital catchment
The service is consultative and can provide advice to children who live outside the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital catchment. The service normally works closely with paediatricians, local nursing and allied health staff, and specialist palliative care services (if available) in regional areas. Support is also provided through telehealth.
New patients: referrals are accepted up to 16 years of age (prior to 16th birthday).
Existing patients with complex care needs: referrals are accepted up to 18th birthday (patients are usually transitioned to adult services by this time).
Specialist referral requirements
Refer to minimum referral requirements
Wait times/ triage information
The service aims to respond to referrals for children who have an advanced illness or are symptomatic (e.g. in severe pain or with other distressing symptoms) on the same or following day. Alternatively, the service will organise a review time that is mutually convenient for the referring doctor and family (usually within three months).
Patient must bring/wear to the appointment
Referring doctors should ask both parents to attend the initial appointment.
Last updated: 17 December 2014