Palliative Care

St Vincent's Hospital Sydney Palliative Care Department provide an integrated interdisciplinary palliative care service to patients with life-limiting illness. The service also supports many patients undergoing anti-cancer treatments, even when aimed at cure.  A consultation service is provided to St Vincent’s Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital with patients and carers supported by:

• A 12 bed inpatient unit
• A 24 hour community & outpatient consultative service in Eastern Sydney
• Community/respite programs

Pain control, symptom management, nursing, psychosocial, and pastoral support are some of the key services provided by the team. During 2013-2014 approximately 710 patients were cared for in the inpatient unit and 670 outpatients were supported in the community. Sacred Heart also provides palliative medical outreach clinics to Wagga Wagga, Albury and Orange.

Community Palliative Care

The Community Palliative Care Team is an interdisciplinary consultative service for patients with a life limiting illness. The service works with palliative care teams from Prince of Wales, Royal Hospital for Women and the Sydney Children's Hospitals covering the Local Government Areas of Sydney, Waverly, Woollahra, Randwick and Botany. Patients are referred for assessment and management at varying stages of their illness. We visit patients, their carers and families in their homes and in Residential Aged Care facilities.

To refer to the Sacred Heart Community palliative care team, please complete the Community Supportive & Palliative Care Referral form and email: or call (02) 8382 9444 or 8382 9435. For urgent referrals, please call and speak to the community palliative care clinical nurse coordinator. 


Palliative Care Resources

Palliative and supportive care is a specialised service providing support and care for someone living with a chronic, serious illness. We support each patient and family individually, as no two people have quite the same needs, goals and care requirements.

CLICK HERE  for resources that have been collected with the aim of giving some guidance to patients and caregivers on some ways to managing challenges they may face with their illness. The clinicians at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney have reviewed them, and they can be used as a guide. They do not replace personal assessments and recommendations.


Bereavement Services

Palliative Care goes beyond a person’s death, and continues to support families and friends in their bereavement. Sacred Heart provides a Bereavement Counselling Service to clients residing in Eastern Sydney and can receive referrals from anyone. For details, please click here.

Research in Palliative Care

Sacred Heart has an active clinical research program, finding new evidence in the management of symptoms such as pain, nausea, constipation and breathlessness, and proving the best way of psychologically supporting patients and providing innovative ways of providing care. 


Sacred Heart Health Service

170 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Ph 02 8382 9444