Legal - Medication for pain and symptom relief

Medication for Pain and Symptom Relief

Medication for pain and symptom relief (palliative medication) is important to ease suffering and improve the quality of life of a person with a life-limiting illness. However, sometimes uncertainty can arise for those giving palliative medication about whether it is lawful, particularly where a person is close to death. The factsheet in this section explains the law about providing palliative medication. You will also find case studies, mythbusters and other resources about the law in this area.


  • Training module

An online training module on this topic is available through the End of Life Law for Clinicians training program. To learn more about the training or to register visit the ELLC online training portal.


Page updated 11 February 2019