The Sacred Heart Hospice: an Australian centre for palliative medicine

Support Care Cancer. 1995 Sep;3(5):280-4. doi: 10.1007/BF00335302.


The Sacred Heart Hospice, Sydney, was founded in 1890 and is the largest inpatient palliative-care facility in Australia. Patients with advanced cancer form the predominant patient group, although patients with HIV/AIDS account for approximately 20% of admissions. A community-outreach service, established in 1983, cares for more patients at home than in the Hospice. Recently the Hospice has participated in a number of clinical trials and intends to become a regional centre for palliative-care research, education and training.

MeSH terms

  • Allied Health Personnel
  • Australia
  • HIV Infections / nursing
  • Hospice Care* / organization & administration
  • Hospitals, Religious* / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / nursing
  • Palliative Care*
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Research
  • Workforce