advance care directives

Advance Care Directives – do they really work?

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Circling back to advance care directives, which we like to do regularly, newly published research shows: The study only involved 16 A&E professionals. But these take-outs show a lot more work needs to be done on advance care directives in Australia. “Experiences of Australian emergency doctors and nurses using advance … Read more

Who Am I Without David?

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David, my partner of nearly 30 years always said that I was his ‘right arm’.   When he died suddenly while we were overseas, just over four years ago, I felt as though all I had left was my right arm.    My whole body, my whole sense of self, had completely turned on … Read more

The things people say

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I have just come through another Christmas without David and am being catapulted (it feels) into the forthcoming anniversary of his sudden death in Italy.   Being nearly four years in one would hope that I would not only be used to the variety of things people can say (both helpful … Read more

Understanding Death at Campbelltown Library.

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Do you have burning questions about death or end of life care? Unsure about the choices you have for the care of your deceased body? Join us for a Q&A session like no other! Margaret Rice is an experienced journalist, author, feature writer, keynote speaker and editor. She has written … Read more

Wishes about organ donation and the twist in advance care directives.

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In Australia, your advance care directive wishes about organ donation won’t be followed if you haven’t taken one crucial extra step. You need to register your donation at, even though you’ve clearly stated in your advance care directive that you want to donate your organs. DonateLife explains. It seems … Read more