End of Life Law in Australia provides accurate, practical and relevant information to assist you in navigating the challenging legal issues that can arise with end of life decision-making.
This website is an initiative of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research. It is designed to be used by patients, families, health and legal practitioners, the media, policymakers and the broader community to access information about Australian laws relating to death, dying and decision-making at the end of life. These laws are very complex, particularly in Australia where the law differs between States and Territories, and where areas of uncertainty about the law exist. This website provides you with a broad introduction to these laws. It can also help you stay up to date with Recent Developments in the end of life area.
Watch this space. The discussion about End of Life care is gaining momentum in Australia. To further this discussion the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research brought together researchers, practitioners, policy makers and consumers for a discussion that will lead to the development of a Policy Issues Brief.
This workshop built on the seminar held by the Deeble Institute in Sydney last November. International Perspectives on End of Life Care examined the results of the International Hospitals Federation survey which provided a perspective on end of life care in University hospitals and compared practices across continents. The following discussion centered on how to identify the dying patient, advanced care directives and how we can redevelop hospital practices so that those at end of life receive appropriate treatment. This seminar resulted in a statement on End of Life care that identified principles and markers of success for good care.
The Deeble Institute is now building on this work to answer the question: how should the health system respond to the growing evidence that many Australians want to spend the last part of their lives at home, but can't.
The speakers were:
- Prof Hal Swerissen - Visiting Fellow, Grattan Institute
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- Liz Callaghan - Chief Executive Officer, Palliative Care Australia
- Prof Nicholas Graves - Faculty of Health, QUT
- Prof Ken Hillman - South Western Sydney Clinical School, University of New South Wales
- Dr Ranjana Srivastava - Medical Oncologist and Author, Monash Health Columnist for The Guardian