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In a multicultural country like Australia, the way people grieve and mourn the death of a loved one varies. Dr Georgia Rowley from ELDAC shares her research and personal experiences on death, bereavement and grief and the myriad factors that can influence the outcomes.
Every six seconds, one person with diabetes dies. Professor Trisha Dunning from Deakin University discusses the importance of end of life care for people with diabetes, and of talking about and normalising death.
Have you ever tried to broach the topic of end-of-life wishes with a loved one and been met with stunned silence? People often report this kind of experience, and research indicates that many people are uncomfortable with discussing death and dying. This leaves many Australians unprepared for death and the decisions that need to be made when a person is dying. Dr Lauren Miller-Lewis discusses the importance of bringing conversations about death to life through online learning.
The pattern of disease, dying and death has changed dramatically in Australia over the last century. In Australia alone almost 160,000 people die every year. Of these at least 120,000 are expected deaths, meaning that access to palliative care could be of great benefit to both the individuals and their families. But ensuring access to quality palliative care for all who need it is not without its challenges. This is why a group of researchers sought funding from National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for the Centre of Research Excellence in End-of-Life Care (CRE-ELC).