End of life


Areas of research

Our end of life research explores legal, ethical and policy issues in death, dying and decision-making including:

  • withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment
  • provision of futile treatment at the end of life
  • advance care planning
  • palliative care
  • euthanasia and assisted dying
  • coronial systems and regulation
  • organ and tissue donation.

Our research is available through QUT eprints, and our website, End of Life Law in Australia.


We undertake collaborative research and engage with a range of research centres, industry, professional groups, government bodies and organisations in Australia and internationally, including:

  • End of Life Research Group Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Ghent University
  • Dalhousie Health Law Institute, Dalhousie University
  • Cancer Councils in Queensland, NSW and Victoria
  • Public Guardians and Advocates, and Public Trustees across Australia
  • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • The University of Queensland


End of life research brochure

End of life law website: brochure for the community

End of life law website: brochure for clinicians and health professionals