UTSpeaks: Your certain death
How can we maintain control of our end-of-life experiences?
That death comes to us all is certain. But what are not certain are the circumstances of our deaths and the experiences we and our loved ones must share at the end.
How can we prepare for death? How should we plan for long, painful or debilitating terminal illness? Is it essential that we communicate our most profound wishes on how we choose to die to our family and carers?
This public lecture asks us to confront some of the most significant questions we must consider as individuals, carers and health professionals. With expert UTS speakers from nursing and medicine, it deals with the myths and realities of dying and touches on the euthanasia debate. It explores how we can maintain power and choice at the end of life and will conclude with a moderated interactive forum.
Professor Patricia Davidson
Patricia Davidson is Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care at UTS. Her research addresses the vulnerabilities that patients and extended family experience in coping with and adjusting to chronic health problems. She is actively involved in policy and health service development to meet the needs of the increasing number of Australians living with a chronic illness. In particular, she advocates for integrating a palliative approach in care models to improve advance-care planning and symptom management.
Professor David Currow
David Currow is Professor of Palliative and Supportive Services at Flinders University, the Chief Cancer Officer and CEO of the Cancer Institute NSW and Adjunct Professor with the UTS Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health. Previously he was foundation Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Australia, the Australian Government’s national cancer control agency. He is widely published, is senior associate editor of Journal of Palliative Medicine and on the advisory board of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. David is a former president of Palliative Care Australia and a former president of the Clinical Oncological
Society of Australia.
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