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Residents participate in thesis study

Oak Tree Cairns residents have volunteered to take part in a University Study to  promote the importance of an Advance Directive.

Maria Jenkins, a James Cook University Psychology student undergoing her honours and writing her thesis visited residents for a morning tea this week and spoke to them about the requirements to research and uncover some fo the factors which prevent older persons from formalizing their healthcare wishes in an Advance Directive. Until now, most of the research on this topic comes from America, so at present, Maria has very little information about how Australian seniors interact with end-of-life healthcare planning.

Maria mentioned that a number of significant issues affecting older persons rarely get the attention they deserve, so she is hoping to shine a spotlight on this very important topic. To do this, as part of her thesis she is surveying a number of residents within our village aged 60 years or older by way of questionnaires.

Hopefully when Maria has completed her research we will be better informed on this very important Advance Directive topic.

A big thank you to all the residents who participated and best of luck to Maria as she completes her thesis.


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