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Take Charge: Autonomy in Older Age

How do we ensure we get the health care we want, and deserve, in later life? What are the obstacles to providing individualised medical care for older Australians? How can medical practitioners and families navigate the fraught ethical questions around diminished capacity? How can elderly people take charge, and remain in control, of the crucial decisions that shape their days towards the end of their lives?

For this conversation, we’re bringing together local and international experts from across the fields of medicine, social work and palliative care for a clear-eyed discussion of advanced planning and autonomy in later life. US geriatrician and oncologist Supriya Mohile, social worker and writer Melanie Joosten and palliative care activist Molly Carlile will discuss senior activism, cultural differences and patient-centred medical approaches. 

Join us for a frank and compassionate conversation about dignity and autonomy for older Australians.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Readings will be our bookseller at this event. 


Portrait of Ranjana Srivastava

Ranjana Srivastava

Ranjana Srivastava is an oncologist, Fulbright Scholar in ethics and award-winning author. Her book Dying for a Chat: The Communication Breakdown Between Doctors and Patients won the Australian Human Rights Literature Award. Her latest book is After Cancer: A Guide to Living Well.

Portrait of Supriya Mohile

Supriya Mohile

Supriya Gupta Mohile is a board-certified geriatrician and oncologist. She completed internship, residency and fellowships in hematology/oncology and geriatrics at University of Chicago Medical Center, where she also earned a Master's degree in health outcomes research.


Portrait of Melanie Joosten

Melanie Joosten

Melanie Joosten is a social worker and researcher, and the author of A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age. She works as a policy officer at the elder abuse service Seniors Rights Victoria. She is the author of the novels Gravity Well and Berlin Syndrome, and has been named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist. 

Portrait of Molly Carlile

Molly Carlile

Molly Carlile is a multi-award winning leader in the field of death and grief. She has an extensive clinical and senior management background in specialist palliative care. Molly was the General Manager of Integrated Cancer Services at the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre, Austin Health before becoming the Chief Executive Officer at a large community palliative care service in the southern metropolitan area of Melbourne in 2016. 

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