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Futility: ICU and The Voice of Reason

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
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Published June 17th 2014
Medical science and futility
Uni SA are presenting a public lecture on a topic most of us avoid, death and dying.

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There are many recommendations for public university lectures.
They are free and open to all. Surely a blessing with most public education coming at quite a price. (But that could be another lecture topic).

The topics are challenging and inspiring in their scope.
They also have access to fine speakers in their specialist fields.

The lecture entitled Futility: ICU and the voice of reason, will investigate issues around chronic illness, disabilities and the advances presented by medical science.

But just how far has this taken us in caring for the sick, or prolonging misery?

When is it time to say enough medical care and accept the human body is fallible?

In our advanced society, swift catastrophic final illness is the exception. For many people, death can come after a long medical struggle with an incurable but chronic illness or results from the multiple debilities of very old age.

Death is certain, but the timing isn't. Everyone struggles with this uncertainty with how, and when, to accept that the time has come.

This session will explore questions such as: how we can gracefully prepare and accept when it is time to die, to let go.

Medical technology is very advanced, but also costly.

Questions to consider will be, how can we be sure when we are dying and when we are simply ill; and how do we need to change in order to use amazing medical technology more wisely?

Associate Professor Charlie Corke MB BS., BSc., MRCP(UK), FCICM
Associate Professor Charlie Corke MB BS., BSc., MRCP(UK), FCICM

This session will be given by Associate Professor Charlie Corke, intensive care specialist.

Charlie has been an intensive care medical specialist for more than 25 years, and has had a long interest in end of life decision-making.

His recent research with the Centre for the Study of Choice at the University of Technology in Sydney may cause us to radically rethink the way we think about treatment at the end of our lives.
He is a Board member of the College of Intensive Care Medicine and is the National Education Officer.

Source for biographical information on Charlie Corke.

Futility: ICU and the voice of reason
Futility: ICU and the voice of reason

Register for this FREE event.

Co-presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Palliative Care Council of SA.

Where: Bradley Forum, Hawke Building, Lvl 5, UniSA City West campus

When: 8 July 2014, at 6pm.

Cost: Free
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When: July 8th, 6pm
Where: Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building, UniSA City West Campus
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
I attended last night event and Mr Charlie Corke was Brilliant, he has given me the confidence to instruct my doctor on these are MY DECISION please make sure your follow them.
by golde (score: 0|4) 2018 days ago
Mr Charlie Corke has given me the confidence to ask my doctor these are my wishes,

thanks you
by golde (score: 0|4) 2018 days ago
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