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Choosing the care you'll receive at the end of your life doesn't always go to plan. Here are some tips to make sure it does

By Charles Corke, Associate Professor of Medicine, Deakin University
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Advances in medical technology have dramatically altered the process of dying. It’s now possible to prolong life, with the frightening reality that this may simply extend our dying process.

Advance care planning is designed to empower us to retain some control over the last stages of our life by communicating our wishes about what we want, or don’t want, in terms of medical treatment. Generally this planning is done in well in advance of a medical crisis, while people are well.

However, evidence

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