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It's All About Talking

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Many people are reluctant to talk about or plan ahead for the care they will receive as they get closer to the end of their life. However, one in three people will be unable to make their own decisions in the final weeks or months of their life.

If you or someone close to you has a long-term health problem, or is starting to show signs of declining health, now is the right time to start talking with your family and other loved ones about the care you would want to receive at the end of your life.

Where Do I Start?

Getting started with these conversations can be tricky. But, they are important conversations to have. Knowing who will be involved in decision making if you can’t speak for yourself could be the first step. Use the links on this website to get further information about advance care planning.

In this video, Dr Peter Saul gives you an introduction to what advance care planning is about:

Important message

Some people think that planning ahead for end of life care is about euthanasia. The information provided on this website aims to support you and your family to have choice over the care and medical treatment that is offered to you at the end of your life. Euthanasia is illegal in Australia and is not a medical treatment option; nor can requests for euthanasia be made as part of the advance care planning process.

On the next page: Let’s Start Talking

Or go to: Who Will Make Decisions for Me?

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