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
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.