Home Support Program

Community Palliative and Supportive Care aims to help you stay at home during a life-limiting illness.

The Palliative Care Home Support Program

The Palliative Care Home Support Program provides end-of-life care for patients who wish to die at home or to remain at home for as long as possible. A package of up to 48 hours of specialised supportive palliative home-based care, day or night, is provided by specially trained workers who work as part of the existing multidisciplinary Community Palliative Care team.

Care provided under the package is determined by the patient and their family, in consultation with a Care Coordinator as nominated by the referrer and may include assistance with personal hygiene, carer respite and domestic assistance – providing carers with vital support during the end-of-life stage. In consultation with the Care Coordinator and the patient’s GP, it may also include basic nursing care. The delivery of end-of-life care may be consecutive hours or may be spread over several weeks. 

HammondCare, the lead in a consortium with Sacred Heart and Calvary Sydney, operates this service across seven Local Health Districts in NSW - including Far West NSW, Southern NSW, Murrumbidgee, Western NSW, Central Coast, South East Sydney and Northern Sydney.

How to Refer

To refer to the program please contact your local specialist community palliative care team. Referral information and form below.

pdf Specialist palliative and supportive care referral form (46 KB)


For more information, please download our information brochures:

pdf Palliative Care Home Support program | Brochure (185 KB)

pdf Palliative Care Home Support program | Overview (84 KB)

pdf Palliative Care Home Support program | FAQs (50 KB)


Contact the Palliative Care Home Support Program with any enquiries about the program, eligibility and availability.

Contact details:

P: 1300 884 304

F: 1300 882 807

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Palliative Care Home Support Program Care Worker Training

To be eligible to work with patients as part of the Palliative Care Home Support Program, care workers must have undertaken training specific to the task. This training is provided by HammondCare over two days. Topics include the essence of palliative care, communication, and grief and loss.

More information on the Palliative Care Home Support Program Care Worker Training

Palliative Care Bridge

The Palliative Care Bridge is a state-wide, palliative care online education program coordinated and delivered by the HammondCare Consortium, comprising HammondCare, Sacred Heart Health Service and Calvary Healthcare Sydney.

In 2013, the HammondCare Consortium received three years of funding from the NSW Ministry of Health to deliver the Palliative Care Home Support Program to seven NSW LHDs, as well as evaluation of the home support program and a state-wide palliative care education program. This website hosts relevant resources and innovative educational videos, delivered by experts in the palliative care field.

Visit the Palliative Care Bridge