Welcome to the Tasmanian Palliative Care Formulary


The Tasmanian Palliative Care Formulary a resource for healthcare professionals who care for adult patients who require palliative care. This includes:

  • Specialist Doctors
  • General Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists

It is not intended as a resource for patients and carers. For quality evidence-based information for patients and carers, see www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/64/Default.aspx

The Tasmanian Palliative Care Formulary includes:

  • Medications with specialised palliative care indications
  • Routes and dosing, including via syringe drivers
  • Variations on usual prescribing for this patient group
  • Summaries that compare medications within a class, eg. NSAIDs, benzodiazepines
  • Links to useful resources;
    • symptom management guidelines
    • syringe driver compatibilities, and
    • opioid conversion tables

It does not include information on paediatric, pregnant or breastfeeding patients. For these patients, please seek specialist resources and advice.

Navigation tips:

  • To find what you are looking for, try using the search bar (above)
  • Alternatively, use the tabs (left) to browse by symptom or drug, or to access useful links, glossary or guidelines

The ‘?’ button (top right) identifies these tabs, and for DHHS users, where to switch between the Tasmanian Palliative Care Formulary and the Tasmanian Medicines Formulary.

Please email formulary@health.tas.gov.au for website support, feedback and comments.