About the author

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.

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Digital Health Care

Put the word digital in front of health and it can sound scary. Especially when the aim of medicine ought to be person centred care. But put them together to make person centred digital health care and the future is looking bright. Touchstone Life Care is a very early form of person centred digital health…

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No matter what you call it- an Advance Care Plan, Advance Care Directive, Management Plan, or a Living Will, all your clients aged 18 +  will benefit from a regularly updated Advance Care Plan. But how can you fit all that into your busy day? Your role should not be about filling in the forms….

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  Working as a doctor, I have seen first hand what happens when we don’t face up to our mortality. One night when I was on duty a 95 year old gentleman came into our hospital with the ‘flu. He had already decided, along with his GP to cease all his medications and prepare to…

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People with Dementia often “lose their swallow.”  This is not often known yet it causes aspiration pneumonia (things going down the wrong way) and is often the reason doctors give a  “Nil By Mouth” order.  There are however things you can do. Here Colleen Kerr talks about her wish for a Masterfood Challenge where the…

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Between them, Colleen Kerr and Dijana Dragicevich have seen it all. Whether you have a new diagnosis of stroke or your parent with dementia is ‘losing their swallow’ these savvy Speech Pathologists  have tricks and techniques to help you or your loved one live their best life. All their life. Most impressively they can help…

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As we get older, our bodies may not be or do what they used to. Watch and listen to the amazing, Unstoppable  Tracy Schmitt who talks with Dr Merran Cooper about the importance of taking risks, even when you don’t know if you can do it. Staying optimistic, passionate and determined no matter what life brings your…

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Things You Never Knew About Palliative Care Palliative care is NOT just something you get "at the end" when all else has failed. The word "Palliative" means to lessen. So palliative care is care aimed at lessening  or palliating suffering and symptoms. Palliative care can help with symptoms and suffering as soon as you get...

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