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End of life health

Coping with learning you have a terminal illness

This article provides advice on what to do if you need to talk to someone about your bad news, condition or how you are feeling.

Grief before death – understanding anticipatory grief

Find out how to cope with the news that someone you care for has a terminal illness.

One tissue donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people.

Organ and tissue donation

Organ and tissue donation can help save lives. It is important that you decide whether to become a donor. Here's a list of frequently asked questions.

Palliative care

Palliative care is holistic care that aims to improve the quality of life of people who are dying. Read about the range of services available.

The physical process of dying

The end of life is different for everyone. Find out what happens in the weeks, days and hours before death, and immediately after someone has died.

When someone dies at home

Many people prefer to die in familiar surroundings. If you care for someone with a terminal illness, this article can help you prepare for the death.

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At the End of Life

Are you caring for a parent or an older family member who is at the end of life? Find information to help you understand more and plan in palliAGED.

Read more on palliAGED website

Planning: end-of-life | Dementia Australia

Making end-of-life decisions We all hope to live a full and healthy life, reduce or avoid serious illness and disability, and – when the time comes – to die peacefully in our sleep. Unfortunately, this does not always happen! Many people will be sick for a number of months or years and have a gradual decline in their physical and mental functioning.

Read more on Dementia Australia website

Recognise End of Life - Home Care

End of life is when a person is living with, and impaired by, a fatal condition, even if the trajectory is ambiguous or unknown. This period may be years in the case of people with chronic or malignant disease, or very brief in the case of people who suffer acute and unexpected illnesses or events, such as sepsis, stroke or trauma.

Read more on End of Life Directions for Aged Care ELDAC website

End of life concerns | Cancer Institute NSW

There are many emotional and practical issues to deal with at the end of life.

Read more on Cancer Institute NSW website

Culturally appropriate palliative care and end-of-life care - Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care - Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Culturally appropriate palliative care and end-of-life care There is limited data available relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people accessing specialist palliative care services

Read more on Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website

Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care - Health System - Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This section provides information on end of life care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including culturally appropriate palliative care, cultural perspectives on dying, death, grief in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Read more on Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet website

Facing End of Life as a Cancer Patient - Cancer Council Victoria

Find strategies for coping with the news you're facing end of life & answers to common questions.

Read more on Cancer Council Victoria website

Information on end-of-life care for consumers | Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

How should care be given at the end of life?

Read more on Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care website

Talking about end of life and planning ahead | MND Australia

Planning ahead involves thinking and talking about death and dying, and many people find these kinds of conversations uncomfortable or upsetting

Read more on MND Australia website

Common emotions at the end of their life

Read more on CarerHelp website

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