Our Team

Our Team

content to come

Oops, something went wrong.

About Dr Merran Cooper
MBBS BSc MAdmin Dip Ed

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 with the Natural Death Care Centre and 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 Touchstone Life Care will help this happen for many people.

Person Name
accreds

Phasellus justo mauris, lacinia non ex at, facilisis tincidunt lectus. Proin mollis sapien leo, eget pellentesque nulla facilisis ut. Nulla aliquet a tellus at porta. Nullam eleifend quis augue vitae laoreet. Vestibulum at libero pretium, vehicula ante vitae, volutpat ipsum. Phasellus commodo lacus vitae est sagittis vestibulum.

Fusce porttitor tortor tortor, in interdum tellus laoreet eu. Aenean pellentesque convallis odio, non cursus ex varius nec. Phasellus est sapien, egestas sed tellus nec, fringilla placerat ex. Curabitur sed tellus ex. Nulla posuere arcu in dolor dapibus, quis pellentesque justo vestibulum.

Maecenas ac consequat dolor. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vestibulum vulputate cursus libero in iaculis.

Person Name
accreds

Phasellus justo mauris, lacinia non ex at, facilisis tincidunt lectus. Proin mollis sapien leo, eget pellentesque nulla facilisis ut. Nulla aliquet a tellus at porta. Nullam eleifend quis augue vitae laoreet. Vestibulum at libero pretium, vehicula ante vitae, volutpat ipsum. Phasellus commodo lacus vitae est sagittis vestibulum.

Fusce porttitor tortor tortor, in interdum tellus laoreet eu. Aenean pellentesque convallis odio, non cursus ex varius nec. Phasellus est sapien, egestas sed tellus nec, fringilla placerat ex. Curabitur sed tellus ex. Nulla posuere arcu in dolor dapibus, quis pellentesque justo vestibulum.

Maecenas ac consequat dolor. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vestibulum vulputate cursus libero in iaculis.