Change to die for?
Dying in Australia is amongst the most institutionalised in the world – 86 per cent of Australians die in hospital or residential care. Many have deaths that are lingering, impersonal and disempowered and the cost of dying is high. With dying on the increase, this will become a much more significant issue for health policy in the future. The forthcoming Grattan report, Change to die for? argues that death is hidden and avoided and that most people have not discussed the services and support they would like when they die. How do we get people to discuss their preferences and choices for end-of-life care and what reforms are needed to ensure people have a good death?
Professor Hal Swerissen, visiting Health Program Fellow at Grattan Institute, and Senator Jan McLucas will discuss the report and the changes needed to improve the quality of dying in Australia at the Pitch Policy event
Date: Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Venue: State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette, 179 La Trobe St, Melbourne, 3000
The event is free but please register