HEALTH MATTERS | How we die has changed forever
In conjunction with Dying to Know Day earlier this month, please join us for our Health Matters discussion presented by Professor David Currow:
How we die has changed forever
The last century has seen the most rapid increase in life expectancy in the history of mankind. Our health, by every index, is improving rapidly. This has huge implications for how we live, as well as how we die.
Most of us will have warning of our death by months or years. This is an unprecedented change. It has major implications for how each of us discuss our future wishes, how each of us plan for our future care and, finally, how we die.
As a community we need to have conversations about this enormous and fundamental change. Such conversations are not necessarily easy but they are important for us and for the people around us who may be called upon to reflect our wishes if we are unable to do so ourselves.
Once it is clear that life is limited, the focus shifts to optimising comfort and function. That shift in focus is a crucial turning point for people with a life limiting illness, their families and the professionals providing support and care for them.
Join David as he speaks about his work in palliative care, and the need for all Australians to begin a conversation with their loved ones about their future wishes and care.
About the speaker
Professor David Currow is Professor of Palliative Medicine at University of Technology Sydney, the Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Palliative and Supportive Care, Flinders University and Associate Director (Research) at the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre, University of Hull, England.
His research includes clinical trials and use of large datasets to better understand the impact of life-limiting illnesses on patients and caregivers. Research into chronic breathlessness is a particular area of his expertise.
He is the principal investigator for the Australian national Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC) and is also a foundation partner in the Australian Palliative Care Outcomes Collaborative (PCOC), an initiative to improve palliative care clinical outcomes.
David has published more than 500 peer-reviewed articles, editorials and books. He is senior associate editor of the Journal of Palliative Medicine.