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What Is It

Palliative Care is specialised medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative Care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.

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The Association of Palliative Care Practitioners of South Africa (PALPRAC) is a non-profit organisation that was formed in May 2018 by a group of South African doctors who are trained in Palliative Medicine.

Palliative Care is a growing area of interest for doctors from many different branches of clinical medicine such as Family Medicine, Oncology, Paediatrics, Critical Care and Internal Medicine. PALPRAC unites providers who share a desire to provide personalised care within the context of serious illnesses.

Qualified Palliative Care Specialist

Palliative Care is a growing area of interest for doctors from many different branches of clinical medicine such as Family Medicine, Oncology, Paediatrics, Critical Care and Internal Medicine. PALPRAC unites providers who share a desire to provide personalised care within the context of serious illnesses.
Palliative Care is offered by a multidisciplinary team. Depending on the patient’s needs this team typically might include a combination of a doctor, a nurse, a social worker, a spiritual counsellor, psychologist, physiotherapist, dietician, occupational therapist and speech therapist.

Multidiscipline Care

Palliative Care is offered by a multidisciplinary team. Depending on the patient’s needs this team typically might include a combination of a doctor, a nurse, a social worker, a spiritual counsellor, psychologist, physiotherapist, dietician, occupational therapist and speech therapist.
In 2021 PALPRAC expanded its membership base to include trained Palliative Care professionals from each of these disciplines. This aligns with our vision to enable access to quality Palliative Care for those people affected by serious illnesses.

Personalized Care

In 2021 PALPRAC expanded its membership base to include trained Palliative Care professionals from each of these disciplines. This aligns with our vision to enable access to quality Palliative Care for those people affected by serious illnesses.