Thank you for referring your patient to Karuna.

Karuna Hospice Services provides your patients, their carer and family member with holistic integrative nursing, medical and psychosocial palliative care services that aim to: 

    • enhance their quality of life
    • alleviate pain and suffering
    • enhance their emotional and spiritual well-being
    • provide care that is tailored to individual needs 
    • respect their end of life wishes 

Our specialist Clinical Team that will work in collaboration with you includes:

    • Specialist Clinical Nurses 
    • Part time Medical Officer
    • Social Workers
    • Counsellors
    • Spiritual Care Worker

All patients who are referred to our service need to meet the following eligibility: 

    • have an active, progressive, life limiting illness with no cure and expected to die within twelve months 
    • require symptom management
    • consent to palliative care referral or have an appointed Enduring Power of Attorney who agrees on their behalf
    • have the support of a carer a home at the end-of-life phase
    • live within the Karuna catchment area of North Brisbane, Deception Bay, Redcliffe, Bribie Island and Caboolture.

To process the referral in a timely manner, please ensure copies of all relevant medical information is provided: e.g. relevant specialist letters, doctor’s notes, discharge or health summaries, current medication list, medical imaging and pathology results.

If the referral meets the service eligibility, our Clinical Intake Nursing Coordinator will contact the patient directly to arrange the first admission visit in the home. Our clinical specialist will then contact you to discuss the clients plan of care. The plan of care will included obtaining the following documents from you:

  • Medical management and Medication Orders  
  • Verification of End-of-Life documentation if available