PALPRAC’s aim is to promote effective medical care for people suffering from a wide range of serious and progressive illnesses such as cancer, motor neuron disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Parkinson’s disease, strokes and dementia. It does this by working alongside the oncologists, physicians, pediatricians or surgeons managing these patients.
The key objective of palliative care is to reduce suffering and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The scope of palliative care includes physical, emotional, social and existential or spiritual support.
PALPRAC has members who work in private practice, government hospitals, academic institutions and hospices throughout South Africa.
PALPRAC seeks to support members in creating local palliative care services in all settings.
PALPRAC engages widely to enable the creation of economically sustainable palliative care services in all settings.
PALPRAC aims to increase the public understanding of what palliative care is so that patients and families will know why and when to ask for it.
PALPRAC seeks, through its website, to provide an easy way for patients, doctors and medical schemes to access expert palliative care for themselves, their family members or their patients.
PALPRAC members collaborate with local hospices, community-based nursing agencies, social workers and counselors, and other allied health care workers to provide a comprehensive and co-ordinated supportive service.
PALPRAC members are also able, via videoconferencing, to support patients and doctors living in outlying areas to improve access to palliative care expertise.
PALPRAC members provide advice and support to other members via a discussion forum.