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CPCRE - Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education

Who We Are

The Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE) was established by Queensland Health in 2001 to enhance palliative care services in Queensland through education and research.


CPCRE  is led by a consortium of organisations who work with other agencies to improve the quality of care provided to people with a life limiting illness. The organisations comprising the consortium include:

  • Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
  • The Prince Charles Hospital
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Karuna Hospice Service
  • CheckUP (formerly General Practice Queensland)

What We Do

Palliative care is an approach that improves quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life threatening illness, through prevention of suffering by early identification, and impeccable assessment and treatment of, pain and other problems, physical, psychological and spiritual.


The Centre's work focuses on:

  • Developing capacity of the palliative care workforce to provide quality palliative care
  • Improving links between research and practice in palliative care
  • Undertaking research to enhance the quality of palliative care
  • Providing information which supports delivery of palliative care services   

Recent Project

The Centre recently developed and delivered for Brisbane North PHN palliative care education for after-hours GPs and ambulance paramedics and associated guidelines, as part of the Community Based Palliative Care Education Project.

Last updated: 27 July 2016