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About Touchstone Life Care

We know that although ageing and dying are inevitable, they can be incredibly hard. Life’s irreversible changes take a deep toll on our bodies and minds.

But at Touchstone Life Care, we know ageing and dying can bring great meaning and purpose. Not only to our own lives, but to all the ones we love. Sharing our values connects us more deeply to each other. It helps us live better every day.

We believe it takes time to consider options, talk to others, in order to make the right decisions. And planning ahead means that when the time comes, we are free to focus on who and what is most important to us. Making these decisions available to the right people at the right time ensures our wishes are followed.

We should all spend our days as we wish and on our own terms. We believe people shouldn’t become caught in a system having choices they don’t want made for them. Everyone deserves access to information and support to help them make decisions about their medical care before it’s too late. 

We collaborate with medical, legal and research teams so people can lead lives of legacy, with peace of mind and dignity every human being deserves.

Dr Merran Cooper

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WHY WE EXIST

Our purpose is to help Australians have a dignified end of life through revolutionising end of life care.

OUR VISION

Our vision is that every Australian is prepared for ageing and dying, so they can enjoy the things that matter most.

OUR WORK

We work to develop and share industry-leading tools and information to help people live better now and in the future.

The ‘why’ behind Touchstone Life Care

About Dr Merran Cooper

Merran is a medical doctor and a physiotherapist, with decades of experience in the healthcare sector. She cared for her husband through his illness and death when they were both 23. She has completed training as a Death Doula and is a Certified Death Midwife. She wants us to talk more openly about the mysteries and practicalities of death.

She believes in the power of love, tenderness and humour – in death as in life.

Whether you need simple privacy with your loved ones or multiple carers in your home, she wants your health care preferences to be respected.

Read more about her personal story...

I began my medical training at Sydney University aged 50. Thirty two years after gaining entry straight out of school. In those intervening years, I cared for my husband Mark who died from acute leukemia and had a “good” death despite a horrific illness and treatment regime.

After his death, I was a Sports physiotherapist and designated Olympic Athlete Provider. I underwent two operations in my cervical spine ​for a genetic weakness and doctors told me never to work as a physiotherapist ​again. My best friend at this time – Jane, had a debilitating neurological disease and over the next 20 years I cared for her on and off.

I was so affected by her strength, bravery and positive attitude that I decided to study medicine after all. As a post graduate degree. Just before my first semester began, Jane died. She gave me blue pearl earrings and I wore them to every exam and to my graduation. I now work as a doctor in NSW and every day I see people and families without Advance Care Plans. They deprive themselves of some of the most loving and healing conversations. Our medical technologies and treatment regimes can deny these things to our dying patients too, even if that is not the intention.

Dying is not failure. It is a time of transitioning where deep healing and transformation can occur, if we let it. My hope is that Advance Life Care will help this happen for many people.

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