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The top five myths about advance care planning

The spread of coronavirus around the world is causing a great deal of uncertainty right now. People are worried about their own health, as well as the health of loved ones, and there are serious economic and employment concerns too. Though some of us might begin to feel panicked by coronavirus, it’s far better to plan in situations such as these. Today (Monday) is the start of National Advance Care Planning Week, and so a good time to begin thinking about...
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Advance Care Planning Australia

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) is a national program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, that encourages Australians to make the best choices for their current and future health care. Delivering an extensive range of projects, ACPA increases advance care planning resources across health sectors and NGOs, improves workforce capability, produces information resources for diverse consumers and communities, and builds the evidence base.

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Confessions of a palliative care doctor

  A palliative care doctor shares her candid and confronting experiences from the front line of end-of-life care. I don’t think any little girl starts out with dreams of becoming a palliative care physician, but it’s a career that somehow found me.  Palliative care appealed to me because it puts the person before the treatment and is a unique mix of art and science.  And despite the myths, the more I learned about palliative care, I discovered that...
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A daughter’s plea after mother’s traumatic end-of-life care

Anyone who has lived through an ailing parent's final months will tell you it can be a harrowing experience. For Karen, nothing could have prepared her for the last 12 months of her mother’s life. Not even a background in law could help her adequately navigate ‘the system’ of acute care, rehabilitation, a traumatic stay in a mental health ward and, ultimately, aged care. Helping Joan maintain her independence Back in 2010, Karen’s mum Joan was still living well and independently. In her late...
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Why Are More Australians Seeking Advice When Planning For Their Future Care?

The Australian population is ageing. In fact there are now 3.8 million people aged over the age of 65.  It’s not hard to see why planning for your twilight year is slowly creeping to the forefront of the national consciousness. The latter years in a person’s life often pose difficult healthcare decisions. Depending on the health and capacity of the person, these tough decisions may be left to loved ones instead of the individual themselves. Making the right decision...
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