Palliative care: not just for elderly

Despite its rarity, there is a significant number of children with life-threatening conditions, and this is increasing.

A recent paper from the UK estimated a prevalence of children living with a life-threatening condition at 32 per 10,000 population — double the previously reported estimate.

With a population of 4.37 million children in Australia, there could be as many as 14,000 children with a life-threatening condition.

Although challenging, we need to start talking more about paediatric palliative care and the options available to