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The Centre for Palliative Care (the Centre) was established in 1996 to increase the quality of palliative care being provided to the community through research and education. 

The Centre is a department of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and a Collaborative Centre of The University of Melbourne. These strategic clinical and education relationships ensure we are well positioned to undertake essential research and provide a range of quality palliative care education options to health practitioners.  

We play a key role in developing and delivering training and education programs for health services and health professionals from a variety of disciplines.

Our extensive program of research activities is funded through a combination of Victorian and Australian Government agencies, other funding bodies, and generous donations from the community. Click here to find out how to support us.


A leading academic authority in palliative care, our pioneering work transforms the lives of patients and families facing advanced illness.


Our cutting edge research and world class education creates awareness, expands knowledge and ensures excellence in care.

Strategic Plan 2019 - 2025 

Click here to download the  St Vincents Hospital Melbourne Palliative Care Services' Strategic Plan for 2019 - 2025.