Department of Health Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Palliative Care Service

Tel: (08) 6457 2551 or via SCGH 6457 3333
Fax: (08) 6457 1848
Location: 7th Floor, G Block (Middle Corridor)
Outpatient clinic is located in the Cancer Centre, DD Block

Palliative Care provides coordinated medical, nursing and allied health services for people with illnesses that are not going to get better. We strive to provide holistic care to patients and families where the focus is to maintain or improve quality of life. We believe care should be consistent with your wishes and like to learn about you as an individual so we can deliver care that respects you as a person.  

The department provides: 

  • Inpatient consultancy service across all specialities 
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Family support
  • Complex discharge planning
  • Community, regional and hospice liaison
  • Bereavement follow up/memorial service
  • Symptom assessment clinic Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.  
  • Education 

The Team

Consultant Physicians : Dr Anil Tandon,  Dr David Dunwoodie 
Clinical Nurse Consultant: Karen Proctor
Clinical Nurses: Laura Hewitt, Katey Stewart
Social worker: Clara Orton
Administrative Assistant : Beryl Frazer
Chaplain: Rev Jon Reinertsen
Our registrars rotate every 6 months      

Referral to Service  

This should be based on patient or family need not on life expectancy or prognosis. Early referral facilitates continuity and mitigates against a sense of abandonment. Involving the Palliative Care Service in your care does not preclude the commencement or continuation of therapies such as Surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Inpatients via medical e referral process GP's can refer to our clinic via the online process unless it is urgent then we require a faxed letter to our department.