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My Care, My Choices

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The Office of Advance Care Planning is a statewide service, hosted by Metro South Health, that helps to promote the important process of advance care planning
Advance care planning involves thinking and making choices now to guide your future health care. It is a process of communicating your wishes.

The Office of Advance Care Planning:
provides information and resources about advance care planning to the public and health professionals
shares healthcare wishes with doctors involved in a person’s care
connects people to advance care planning services in their local area

ELDAC- End of Life Directions for Aged Care

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The ELDAC project aims to improve the care of older Australians. Health professionals and aged care workers can access information, guidance, and resources to support palliative care and advance care planning for older people and their families

A Guide to Palliative Care in Queensland – booklet

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This booklet aims to provide information to support and guide people in making decisions about their own or their loved ones care. It is for anyone who wants to know more about palliative care and how it can improve quality of life and help someone prepare for death.

Published by: PalAssist with support from Queensland Health.

This resource is also available in hard copy. Please contact PalAssist by email or phone to order a hard copy.

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.

Palliative Care Australia

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Palliative Care Australia (PCA) is the national peak body for palliative care. Working with consumers, member organisations and the palliative care and broader health workforce, PCA aims to improve the quality of life and death for people with life limiting illnesses, their families and carers.

The online program, Dying To Talk, can help guide you through a discussion with your loved ones about how you would like to be cared for as you approach the end of your life. Palliative Care Australia also produce a number of written information resources.

Access the National Palliative Care Service Directory on the website. Phones are attended Monday -Friday 9.00am -2.00pm AEST.

Caresearch

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Caresearch is an online information service providing access to relevant evidence and quality information about palliative care to:

Patients, Carers and Families
• Information and resources about living with or caring for someone with a serious illness, preparing for the end of life, and how to manage bereavement, grief and loss.

Health Professionals
• Information designed to support clinical practice by summarising the state of the evidence and by providing clinicians with access to relevant literature where possible.
• Information on a range of educational options relevant to palliative care.
• Resources to support the work of researchers in palliative care.

Resources are also available that can be printed or downloaded to share with friends and colleagues. Hard copy materials can also be ordered online.

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.

Canossa Private Hospital – Palliative Care

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Canossa Private Hospital is a modern surgical and medical facility operated by the Canossian Sisters. The hospital is located in Oxley in the Western Suburbs of Brisbane, approximately 20 minutes from the CBD.

The hospital is a not-for-profit organisation and caring for patient’s needs is our first priority. Our approach to health care is reflected in our mission, and patients are cared for compassionately and holistically.

The hospital currently has 67 private inpatient beds each with picturesque views of the surrounding Brisbane Valley.
Specialty services provided include:
Palliative Care

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.

What to do Following a Death

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Web page with information and links for after someone has died.

Produced by: Australian Government Department of Human Services

My Aged Care

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My Aged Care website and phone line is an Australian Government service.

Here you can source information on aged care, whether for yourself, a family member, a friend or someone you're caring for.

The phone line is open from 8.00am to 8.00pm on weekdays and from 10.00am to 2.00pm on Saturdays.

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.

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.

Donate Life

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Donate Life Qld coordinates organ donation across the state while Queensland Tissue Banking program facilitates donation and production of tissue for use in transplantation.