End of Life Care: A National Conversation


What constitutes a good death? While our lives are longer and healthier than 100 years ago, the last years, months and weeks of our lives are too often marked with suffering, confusion and fragmented care. A poor death can have a profound and lasting impact on families, friends and carers.

Ideally, end-of-life care is 'person-centred': it manages symptoms and allows your preferences to be recognised and respected. So what needs to change about end-of-life care in Australia at a policy level to allow more Australians to die well?

ANU and The Conversation will host a spirited discussion with experts from across the community including researchers, advocates, policy-makers and care givers about how we can best help people facing the end of their lives.

Speakers include:

  • The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, and Minister for Indigenous Health
  • Professor Imogen Mitchell, Dean, ANU Medical School
  • Ms Liz Callaghan, CEO, Palliative Care Australia
  • Professor Brendan Murphy, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health
  • Mr Brendan Moran, Community Representative 

Moderated by Peter Martin, Business and Economy Editor, The Conversation and Visiting Fellow, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.

Canapes will be served from 5.45pm before the event. 


  • Lecture theatre is open from 5.45pm
  • Please arrive no later than 6pm to allow time to go through the security check point at the main entrance. 
  • Photo ID will be required for all guests.
  • ALL guests will need to be registered with their first and last names via Eventbrite PRIOR to the event to receive a Parliamentary pass.