​Charlie Corke - Letting Go

Monday 12 February 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
ticket - $7.50, book & ticket - $35.00
Tickets available until 12 February 2018 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname. If you have a book & ticket deal your book will be at the counter under your surname.

Join Daniel Lalor how is in-conversation with author, Dr. Charlie Corke discussing one of life's most important decisions Letting Go: How to Plan for a Good Death

‘Too frequently, we leave it too late to start to think — but a crisis is never the best time for careful thought.’

As Australia's population ages, many individuals are faced with making complex medical decisions, for themselves and for others, in times of great stress. How far should doctors go when trying to prolong life? How can we decide what is ‘too far’ and ‘not far enough’ for our loved ones unless we know what their wishes are?

Letting Go is an important and timely introduction to, and discussion of, the kinds of decisions that individuals, families, and medical personnel face in a medical crisis. It shows us how to start thinking about our end-of-life stage before we get there; how to make an advanced-care plan that will help people make decisions on our behalf; and how we can maintain our dignity and autonomy for as long as possible.

Drawing on many years of experience as an intensive-care specialist, and writing with great insight and compassion, Dr Corke shows us all the ways in which people can make a mess of dying — and, more importantly, in doing so, he teaches us how we can do it better.

“We're not very good at talking about death in this country; this book should start a thousand conversations. Now that I've read it, I want to give it to everyone I know.” Annabel Crabb

Dr Charlie Corke (MB BS., BSc., MRCP(UK), FCICM) is one of Australia’s leading Intensive Care specialists and is currently President of the College of Intensive Care of Australia and New Zealand. He is the regional clinical lead for the Advance Care Planning program and is the originator of the MyValues approach to advance care planning (www.myvalues.org.au). Dr Corke lectures widely on medical communication and end-of-life decision-making, was featured on the ABC in the film In the End, and is a regular contributor to radio.

Daniel Lalor has spent his career in the nonprofit industry, working at the Children's Hospital Foundation in Brisbane, with a range of cancer charities across Australia and New Zealand and most recently as Director of Fundraising at MS Queensland. The nature of these roles has meant consistent indirect contact with those who are dying.  As a result, Daniel is interested in how we as a society can think more about death to help inform the sort of life we want to live, and to help individuals understand the parts of their life that make it worth living.

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