It was his tears that wrenched at me. Great sobs of despair for a woman denied the chance to live out her last days as she wanted to. But he wasn’t crying for a family member, or even a friend. He was her Doctor.

Situations like this are happening across Queensland. My colleagues tell me about the heartbreaking frustration that is arising because too few patients make plans with their loved ones about the sort of end-of-life care they want.

The AMA Queensland is calling for a large-scale campaign to make sure that people have an Advance Care Plan in place which sets out the care they want in their final days.

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