1159 - Palliative Care consultation Items

Page last updated: 13 July 2016

Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

The introduction of new MBS palliative care consultation items for the assessment, review of treatment and management of palliative care patients.

Description of Medical Condition

Palliative medicine is not a medical condition, however, it is the study and management of patients with active, progressive, far advanced disease, for which the prognosis is limited and the focus of care is the quality of life. Patients who access palliative care are diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses that may include cancer, neurodegenerative disorders such as motor neuron disease and dementia, stroke, organ failure and multiple sclerosis.

The main work of specialists in Palliative Medicine is to provide comprehensive assessments and management of patients with complex symptom control problems in the setting of multiple co-morbidities. Assessment and management is not limited to physical symptoms but includes social, psychological and spiritual aspects of care also. Palliative Medicine includes support for families and involvement in bereavement care

Reason for Application


Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form


PICO Confirmation

12-13 April 2012
Final Protocol (PDF 99 KB)
Final Protocol (Word 140 KB)

Assessment Report

Contracted Assessment Report (PDF 2721 KB)
Contracted Assessment Report (Word 3057 KB)

Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document (PDF 64 KB)
Public Summary document (Word 141 KB)

Meetings for this Application


14 - 15 September 2011
12 - 13 April 2012


13 -14 February 2014


3 - 4 April 2014