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End of life health

You may feel isolated and alone when you hear bad news about your condition

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.

Woman with elderly man.

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 can give the best possible quality of life to someone whose illness can’t be cured.

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.

There is no right or wrong way to start talking about dying.

Talking about your terminal illness

Talking with your loved ones about your illness isn't always easy. Start a conversation with someone close to you by following these tips.

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

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

Caring for someone nearing the end of life | Cancer Council Victoria

This page covers the practical, emotional and physical issues to expect and what you can do to provide comfort and support to someone facing end of life.

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 Motor Neurone Disease Australia website

Resources - Culturally appropriate palliative care and end-of-life care - Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Culturally appropriate palliative care and end-of-life care.

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End of life and palliative care services - Better Health Channel

betterhealth.vic.gov.au

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Starting the conversation | Australian Government Department of Health

Starting the conversation about palliative care and end-of-life care.

Read more on Department of Health website

Dying to Talk - Talking about death won't kill you

Dying to talk is an initiative of Palliative Care Australia. It hopes to encourage discussion, planning and taking charge of your end-of-life care.

Read more on Palliative Care Australia website

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