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Respecting cultural and family protocols

A young, terminally-ill Torres Strait Islander woman at Douglas House wanted legal help to give her peace of mind by ensuring that cultural and family protocols would be respected at the time of her passing. Staff at Douglas House referred her to the visiting LawRight lawyers.

We had numerous weighty meetings with the client, family members and caseworkers. By coordinating the involvement of the GP, hospital, Public Trustee and family members, we facilitated the making of a will and a Power of Attorney shortly before the client passed away.

Sadly, not all the client’s wishes were met regarding her end-of-life care.

We supported the client’s family to make a complaint to the hospital and participate in conciliation.

The next stage is to explore options for a just resolution, and with their input we hope to improve practices for the future.


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