For Pharmacists

Pharmacists have a role in the care of older Australians with palliative care needs. They may be caring for patients within a hospital or hospice, or within their community. As a member of the multidisciplinary palliative care team they may take on a range of roles and responsibilities. [1] The RACGP aged care clinical guide (Silver Book) for GPs acknowledges the role of pharmacists in providing team based palliative care for older Australians.  Pharmacists can provide advice on medication management including prescribing (including ‘off-label’ and anticipatory), administration, and deprescribing in line with rational use of medicines. [2]

This section lists resources relevant to contemporary Australian pharmacy practice and the potential role of pharmacists in palliative care.

Page created 17 March 2021


  • References

  1. Tait P, Chakraborty A, Tieman J. The Roles and Responsibilities of Community Pharmacists Supporting Older People with Palliative Care Needs: A Rapid Review of the Literature. Pharmacy (Basel). 2020 Aug 12;8(3):143. doi: 10.3390/pharmacy8030143.
  2. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). RACGP aged care clinical guide (Silver Book) [Internet]. East Melbourne, Vic: RACGP; 2019.