Palliative Care Social Support

Palliative care is for people living with a serious life-limiting illness.

It is a holistic approach to help people and those closest to them to achieve the best quality of life.

The palliative care social support program provides Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) persons with a specific volunteer to visit them in their homes.

The program aims to provide social connection and to assist those during care to maintain their independence and connection to the community.

Volunteers will share the language and/or culture of the person and visit on a regular basis to share in activities of your interests and wishes.


After being matched with a volunteer visitor, volunteers can help by;

  • Visiting every week or fortnight.
  • Providing assistance for medical or social appointments
  • Share their language, culture and interests of the person they are visiting
  • Carry out activities suited to the interests and wishes of the person they are visiting. This may be going for a walk, or coffee, friendly chats, etc.


The program specifically aims to assist those from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities currently living with an illness.

  • Over the age of 25
  • From a migrant background
  • Seeking social support and friendship
  • Living in the Southern region of Melbourne

Referrals can be made by contacting the program coordinator directly, or for clients over the age of 65 through My Aged Care
for Social Support Individual.

This program is supported by The Victorian State Government Department of Health and Human Services.

For further information contact: Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre,
39 Clow St, Dandenong VIC 3175
(03) 9767 1900
Contact – Coordinator

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