Self-care for physiotherapists in palliative care

Susan Gravier, Roslyn Savage

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle


Supporting patients to live well at the end of life provides physiotherapists with a high level of meaning and personal satisfaction. However, it can also present a challenge to maintaining our own emotional health and wellbeing. Working in palliative care confronts our own mortality and is accompanied by factors such as the experience of multiple loss, dealing with strong emotions and addressing multiple complex patient and carer needs.
Grief over the death of people in our care is not unusual and may contribute to stress or burnout.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Specialist publicationInMotion
PublisherAustralian Physiotherapy Association
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • palliative care
  • physiotherapists
  • Self-care
  • Self-awareness
  • Reflective practice
  • CareSearch
  • burnout
  • compassion fatigue


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