Discussing death and dying: Advance care planning

Wednesday 25 May, 2016


The Discussing death and dying: Advance care planning event was a collaboration between Cancer Council’s Clinical Network and the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer. Held on the 19th May 2016 at The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, the discussion aimed to offer some interesting insights and clarity on end of life decision making, advance care planning and spur more conversations about individual and loved ones’ wishes for their end of life care.

Death and dying - panel discussionThe complexities of end of life decision making can manifest into daily challenges for clinicians and patients. The event provided a welcoming space in which cancer patients, their carers and community members could gain a better understanding of how advance care planning can support better decision-making at the end-of-life.

Advance care planning is the process of thinking and talking about what kind of medical care and treatments patients might want, or not want, if they become unable to make or communicate their own decisions. It can involve recording wishes in writing, or appointing someone to make these decisions - or both.

The evening consisted of presentations, a panel discussion, Q&A and the launch of ‘Making the law work better for people affected by cancer’ 2016 report. Our expert panellists offered their expertise to assist in understanding how advance care planning can support better decision-making at the end-of-life.

Presenters included:

• How to talk to your doctor about your end of life choices - Dr Ranjana Srivastava, Medical Oncologist, Monash Health

• Decision support and end of life care – overview of tools and case studies - Claire McNamara, Legal Officer, Office of the Public Advocate
• A personal perspective

 Please visit The Office of the Public Advocate for a guide for making enduring powers of attorney. Find more information about advanced cancer here.