Enhancing community knowledge and engagement with law at the end of life

The laws surrounding end of life decisions are complex, with different laws between states and territories and areas of uncertainty.

We developed a clear and accessible website that helps the community and professionals engage with end of life law.

End of life website


This project explores how and if members of the community understand and act upon their legal right to participate in decisions about medical treatment for themselves or for their loved ones at the end of life. Little is currently known about whether individuals know the law, or are able to exercise their legal rights to be involved in the process of making decisions about treatment.

This research will enhance patient and family decision-making through a better understanding of legal rights, powers and duties and will improve the experiences of patients and families at the end of life.

Key findings

To assist resource authors, we have developed an A3 poster outlining our key findings in relation to community resources about the law at end of life.

Read our recommendations (PDF file, 264.06 KB)


Funding / Grants

  • Australian Research Council Linkage Project


Other Team Members

External collaborators


Partner investigators

  • Doctor Deborah Lawson (Cancer Council Victoria)
  • Professor Jeffrey Dunn (Cancer Council Queensland)
  • Ms Angela Pearce (Cancer Council New South Wales)