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Analysis and Comment (3)

We require the largest amount of health-care dollars in the last 30 days of our life. We require the largest amount of health-care dollars in the last 30 days of our life. Lee Haywood

A conversation that promises savings worth dying for

On the eve of a federal budget looking for savings, I would like to report a medical intervention that reduces suffering, can prolong life and dramatically reduces health-care costs. The intervention itself…
Almost 70% of Australians will die in acute care hospitals – the same propportion that wants to die in their homes. Almost 70% of Australians will die in acute care hospitals – the same propportion that wants to die in their homes. nerissa's ring/Flickr

Reflections on dying from an intensive care physician

As an intensive care physician I’m increasingly confronted with managing patients who are at the end of their life. Australians need to be aware that the way that they will spend the last few days or weeks…
Many extremely premature babies will have lifelong physical and intellectual deficiencies. Many extremely premature babies will have lifelong physical and intellectual deficiencies. kqedquest

Balancing hope and fear for babies born at 24 weeks gestation

Imagine how frightening it must be for a woman to go into labour when she is just over halfway through her pregnancy and her baby has only had 23 or 24 weeks to grow. She and her family are overcome with…

Research Briefs (1)

ICU physicians defy utilitarianism

Intensive Care Unit clinicians often allocate scarce resources towards gravely-ill existing patients rather than freeing…