- Lunch with Rebecca Bartel

What constitutes a good death?

- Lunch with Rebecca Bartel
22nd November 2016

What is a good death?

When it comes to death the statistics are clear.

We will all die.

Most of us want a “good death” where we are in control, free from pain, surrounded by loved ones. But is this what a “good death” really looks like?

Australia does not do death well.

Over 70% of Australians want to die at home, but sadly less than 14% will. Our last 18 months of life are expensive and diminished by overly medicalised and institutionalised care.

Yet, despite this, people are dying from irreversible chronic diseases and are unprepared. They receive aggressive and non-lifesaving care without consent, and as a result, miss out on spending valuable time with loved ones. Those grieving are left traumatised.

Talking about end of life care wishes before a crisis is critical for all Australians.

This Melbourne Forum is dedicated to helping people talk about their end of life care wishes and sparking cultural change at the dining table - not in the intensive care unit when it’s simply too late. I wonder if this sentence crosses the line a bit - in that MF doesn't push a particular issue or opinion - it just provides a forum for discussion? Could be changed to:

How can we help people talk about their end of life care wishes and spark cultural change at the dining table and not in the intensive care unit - when it’s simply too late?

Come and join in this important and confronting discussion.

Venue

Venue: The Cut

7 Alfred Place, Melbourne

22nd November 2016, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Tickets: $77.00

Ticket Price includes GST

Bookings Close: 21st November 2016