Paediatric palliative care


Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program (VPPCP)
Very Special Kids (VSK)
Basic Symptom Control in Paediatric Palliative Care


The Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program (VPPCP) is a collaboration of the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Very Special Kids (VSK) and Monash Health.

Funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, the VPPCP is a consultation-liaison team responsible for the facilitation of care of children with palliative care needs and their families. The team do not provide direct patient care. Rather, team members facilitate better communication between hospitals and care providers in the community, thus allowing more children to be cared for at home.

The VPPCP team is comprised of specialist doctors, case managers/social workers, occupational therapists and nurses who work closely with each of the member organisations to coordinate care and provide appropriate advice regarding various aspects of patient management. Educational activities for staff from both hospital and community agencies are also offered by the VPPCP.


Royal Children’s Hospital Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program

Phone: 9345 5374

Fax: 9345 6240

Website: Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program (VPPCP)


Very Special Kids (VSK)

Phone: 9804 6222 or 1800 888 875

Fax: 9822 1252

Website: Very Special Kids (VSK)


Basic Symptom Control in Paediatric Palliative Care clinical tool

The Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program section of the Royal Children’s Hospital website provides a link to Basic Symptom Control in Paediatric Palliative Care, a clinical tool used by children’s palliative care doctors and nurses across the world. It provides guidelines for treating a wide range of symptoms experienced by children with life-limiting or complex health conditions.