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The Real Cost Of Regret - How To Close The Gap Between What Is Hoped For in The Last Stage of Life, And What Actually Happens

Presentation Description

There are over 50,000 regretful deaths every year in Australia. Regret is a very personal emotion, but it carries widespread costs - for people, families, businesses, the health system - for the whole of society.

It's a $1billion problem across Australia - and it's growing - in line with our ageing population.

The Violet Initiative is a social change organisation with 30 years of community-based experience and a global evidence base to reduce regret around the last stage of life. Our work is non-clinical in focus and provides a natural and very complementary extension to the wonderful work already being done in health, aged, and palliative care settings.

Violet's CEO, Melissa Reader discusses the drivers of regret and why Violet has chosen to take up the work of closing the gap between what we hope for at the end of life, and what actually happens.

In this session Melissa investigates:

  • The end-of-life experience through the lens of her own personal journey The impact of regret on Australian families, the health system and the wider business community The last life stage that no one acknowledges
  • The importance of focusing on primary and professional caregivers, clinicians and referrers Why solutions must meet people where they are if they are to have an impact 

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