Failing to plan is planning to fail: advance care directives and the Aboriginal people of the Top End

Eswaran Waran, Sharon Wallace and Jonathan Dodson-Jauncey
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00843
Published online: 15 May 2017

Advance care directives can enable Aboriginal people to fulfil their end-of-life wishes to die in their community

The United Kingdom’s great wartime Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, once said “he who fails to plan is planning to fail”. These prescient words resonate for advanced care planning and end-of-life decision making.

  • Eswaran Waran1
  • Sharon Wallace2
  • Jonathan Dodson-Jauncey3

  • 1 Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, NT
  • 2 Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
  • 3 Territory Palliative Care, Northern Territory Department of Health, Darwin, NT


Competing interests:

Eswaran Waran is a member of the RDH steering committee on ACDs and the Aboriginal people of the Top End.


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