Palliative Care

We help people with a life-limiting illness to have a better quality of life. Our district nurses can support your wellbeing in your own home, and assist you to manage symptoms.

Our unique local combination of hospital and community nursing teams mean you can move easily between home and hospital as your illness shifts.

By combining medical, emotional, psychological and spiritual support we enable a person to live with dignity, peace and comfort for the duration of their illness.

KDH has a palliative care suite at the hospital, giving families a place to stay close by their loved one while our team looks after them at the end of life.


Palliative Respite Care

Sometimes carers need a break from the full-time and exhausting work of looking after a loved one. It is important to recognise your own needs, and to ask for help.

Our hospital ward has two dedicated palliative respite beds that can be booked for up to two weeks at a time. The Macedon Ranges Community Nursing team can refer you into this service.

Then the KDH team on the acute ward will take care of your loved one around the clock so you can refresh and look after yourself.

That gives you the chance to see your family and friends, get things done or just sleep to recharge your batteries before continuing with your care role.


Treehouse is KDH’s day respite program that supports patients who are living at home in the Macedon Ranges with a life limiting illness or moderate dementia.

The social activities one day a week promote independence and wellbeing, and give carers a day off.

The Macedon Ranges Community Nursing team can refer you, or call 5422 9987 or email