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Only 25% of older Australians have an advance care plan. Coronavirus makes it even more important – The Conversation AU

If you became suddenly unwell, would your family or health team know your wishes? Here’s why advance care planning should be part of Australia’s strategic response to COVID-19.

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Older adults and those with chronic health conditions share an increased risk of experiencing severe symptoms if they contract COVID-19.
But theyre not a homogeneous group. In the event they become very sick, one person may want all available treatment, even if this includes intensive care and an extended period of rehabilitation. Another may prefer to avoid life-sustaining but highly invasive medical interventions.
If either of these people became suddenly unwell, how likely is it health prof…

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