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People often bounce in and out of hospital in the final years of their life – up to 8 times in their last year of life alone. But why is this the case, and surely it’s not necessary? The truth is, people often don’t have the ongoing care that they would like or need in…

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Hospitals and verbal communication Hospitals are a place where verbal communication goes to die. This is unfortunately a common truth – our modern health care system is incredible and helps many people every day, but it is also a place where people’s wishes can be missed in and people can become caught in the system. You…

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A glossary of keywords you should know around Advance Care and end of life planning   Acute pain Pain that results from something recent eg new injury or surgery   Adjuvant medications Medications that are given for reasons other than solely pain relief.   Advance care directive Advance care directives tell other people what the…

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Working as a doctor, I have seen first hand what happens when we don’t face up to our mortality. The sad truths about hospital that no one tells you One night when I was on duty a 95 year old gentleman came into our hospital with severe flu and pneumonia. He caught the flu from…

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  Lidy Seysener is used to difficult conversations. She’s been having them, and leading others through them, for her whole career over about half a century. She knows that some of the most difficult conversations we’ll ever need to have in our lives are about ageing, death and dying. And it’s no less confronting for…

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People know about most things they’re supposed to do in preparing for end of life. Write a will, get the finances in order. But what happens if you become incapacitated, or your health deteriorates slowly? This is where many people are not prepared, leaving your life and death decisions up to your family and doctors….

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Palliative care has been in Australia for years, but is often misunderstood. People often think that palliative care just means that they stop treating your illness and only treat your pain. Actually, it has a lot more to offer than just pain. But many are confused about what it actually is, so we’ve made it…

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Planning A Funeral?  Think Outside the Box In this video, Dr Merran Cooper is with Liz from Picaluna. They talk about ensuring funerals are authentic to who the person is, from selecting a celebrant to including pets in the ceremony.For more information see https://www.picaluna.com/ Funeral planning doesn’t have to be any grand thing Funeral planning…

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  Dr Merran Cooper, Medical doctor and the CEO of Touchstone Life Care, chats with Warren Moore about Palliative Care, Euthanasia and Advance Care Directives on Better Living. You can Also listen to this podcast here: Summary of the discussion:   Palliative care has always been my passion. My mission is to help people express what action…

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