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End of Life Law in Australia

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End of Life Law in Australia provides accurate, practical and relevant information to assist you in navigating the challenging legal issues that can arise with end of life decision-making.

This website is an initiative of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research. It is designed to be used by patients, families, health and legal practitioners, the media, policymakers and the broader community to access information about Australian laws relating to death, dying and decision-making at the end of life

Micah Projects Inc

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Micah projects is a community based not for profit organization in Brisbane.

They provide a range of support and advocacy services to individuals and families who need assistance in the areas of: Domestic Violence; Homelessness; Supported housing; Mental health; Families and children; Adults who suffered sexual abuse as children, people placed in out-of-home care as children.

Managing Affairs after Death

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The Queensland Government have created a checklist as a useful reminder of what needs to be done after a funeral.

The checklist can be personalised to cater for the needs of the person who is managing the affairs of someone who has passed away.

Footprints

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An organization that provides support for people with disabilities, older people, their carers and families, people with mental health issues, and people who are experiencing social and financial disadvantage and those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Centre based programs are available for people residing throughout North Brisbane as well as home-based services for older persons within inner Northern and Southern Brisbane.

Advance health directive

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An Advance Health Directive allows you to plan what medical treatment or health care you would like in the event that you cannot make decisions for yourself. It also enables you to appoint an attorney for health and personal matters if you want.

Burial Assistance Scheme

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Burial Assistance Scheme is a service provided by Queensland Government for when you cannot afford a funeral for a relative or friend who passed away in Queensland.
Eligibility for burials assistance

To apply for burials assistance, you need to:
•be a friend or relative of the person who passed away in Queensland
•have spoken to other family members to confirm that no one can arrange or pay for the funeral
•have no prior funeral arrangements
•if you have signed a contract with a funeral director, you must get written approval from the funeral director to release you from the contract.

If you are able to get burials assistance, the Department of Justice & Attorney-General will organise and pay for a simple burial or cremation on your behalf.

Centrelink: Carer Allowance

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Information on Centrelink Carer Allowance which is a supplementary payment for carers who provide additional daily care and attention for someone with a disability or medical condition, or who is frail aged.

Advance Care Planning

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Advance care planning is about formalising your wishes in relation to care at the end of life.
QLD health has developed a step by step approach, information and key documents to assist you understand the advance care planning process.

Multiple Sclerosis Financial Support Services

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Queensland deliver a number of core services to the MS community. Interest free loans and small grants can be provided on a means tested basis and only after community resources are unavailable (government or community). Clients may use interest free loans to help to purchase air-conditioners, essential home equipment, home modifications, wheelchairs and other mobility aids. Small grants may be provided to clients who have no other means to pay for necessary equipment or services and who are in extreme hardship.

Leukaemia Foundation

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Leukaemia Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of patients with all types of blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The foundation provides a range of services including accommodation, counselling and emotional support, practical and financial assistance, and resources and information.

Cancer Council Queensland

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Cancer Council Queensland provides the following services for Queenslanders affected by cancer. Contact them directly to check suitability and to arrange referral.
- Volunteer Shuttle Bus between Airport, Roma St Station and accommodation/treatment facilities in Brisbane
- Shuttle bus between Airport, Lodge and treatment facilities in Townsville
- Cancer related information/resources
- Cancer Counseling Service, including Nurse Counselor Service and Living Mindfully Groups
- Peer support including Carer Connect, information about support groups
- ProBono Financial and Legal services

Financial First Aid

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Financial First Aid offers counsellors who are available free to the public as a first point of call to address immediate financial concerns that place undue stress and anxiety on individuals and families. Their hours of service are 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Legal Aid Queensland

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Legal Aid Queensland is a statutory authority that provides legal information, advice and representation to financially disadvantaged Queenslanders.

Mummy’s Wish

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Mummy's Wish is a not for profit service to support mothers diagnosed with cancer who are receiving treatment and have children under 12. They provide support services such as house cleaning, financial assistance, memory taking for terminal mums, meals, hospital parking assistance and emotional support.

Cancer Council Queensland: Practical Support Program

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Cancer Council Queensland Practical Support Program aims to reduce the financial burden faced by Queenslanders in accessing their treatment. The program currently provides assistance towards accommodation, transport and communication. Referral is made through a health professional.

Fair Work Commission Queensland

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Fair Work Commission Queensland is Australia's national workplace relations tribunal, responsible for maintaining a safety net of minimum wages and employment conditions as well as a range of other workplace functions and regulations.

Australian Human Rights Commission

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Australian Human Rights Commusions is the Government body overseeing the application of federal legislation in the area of human rights, anti-discrimination, social justice and privacy.

The Public Trustee

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The Public Trustee provides Enduring Powers of Attorney, free wills, investment, exectuor and financial administration services to Queenslanders.

They can assist adults with an intellectual disability, psychiatric illness or an acquired brain injury, with managing their financial affairs. For further information visit the website.

Office of the Public Guardian – Adult

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The Office of the Public Guardian is an independent statutory body that protects the rights and interests of vulnerable Queenslanders, including adults with impaired capacity to make their own decisions.