Specialist Palliative Care is provided to people with complex problems compounding their life-limiting illnesses. It is focused on providing relief from suffering in all areas of a patient's life including the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social concerns that may arise as a result of advanced illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family by providing an extra layer of support that is additional to a patient's other health care providers when necessary. The department offers a multidisciplinary approach including but not limited to Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Bereavement Support, Diversional Therapy, Pastoral Care and Medicine. The Palliative Care service provides the opportunity for people to be cared for in their own home, acute hospital or Palliative Care Unit in accordance with the patient's and family's wishes, where possible. Research in Palliative Care takes on the form of clinical trials of new therapies for management of patient symptoms, surveys into various perceptions held by patients, carers and clinicians, as well as translational research to implement evidence-based findings.