Referring a Patient

There are three Paediatric Palliative Care Teams in NSW. This page includes information on how to make a referral or obtain further information about the referral process.

As tertiary hospitals, all children who require Specialist Paediatric Palliative Care (PPC) input require a medical referral.

If you feel a referral to palliative care is appropriate for a patient, please suggest that the family contact their GP, Paediatrician or treating team to discuss/organise a medical referral.

To make a referral to the Paediatric Palliative Care team please complete the referral form and mail /email or fax to the appropriate team. A phone call to the relevant service assists in ensuring a timely response to the referral.

If you are unsure about if a child the suitability for referral, or which specialist service is the most appropriate, any of the services can be contacted for advice.

For Bear Cottage Hospice enquiries please ring (02) 9976 8300.

When referring a child to the Palliative Care team, please confirm that the family have been notified about the referral.


Contact Details for a Referral to the Paediatric Palliative Care Team

Palliative Care: John Hunter Children’s Hospital, Newcastle
Ph. (02) 4921 3387    Fax: (02) 4921 3599  
Email: HNELHD-PaedPallCare@health.nsw.gov.au
Business Hours: 8.30am-5pm (Monday – Friday)


Palliative Care: Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
Ph. (02) 9382 5429    Mobile: 0412 915 089 Fax: (02) 9382 5680
Email: SCHN-cncpalliativecare@health.nsw.gov.au
Business Hours: 830am-5pm (Monday-Friday)


Palliative Care: The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Ph. (02) 9845 0000     Fax: (02) 9845 2111
Email: schn-chwppc@health.nsw.gov.au
Business Hours: 830am-5pm (Monday-Friday)


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