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  1. Accessing a palliative care service

    Find out how you can access palliative care for medical treatment, emotional support and practical help to maintain your quality of life for as long as your condition allows.

  2. Acquired brain injuries and spinal cord injuries

    Acquired brain injuries and spinal cord injuries may have a significant effect on your intimate relationships, friendships, social networks, recreation and work activities.

  3. Admitted rehabilitation

    Admitted rehabilitation aims to provide care to maximise independence and quality of life for people with a disabling condition.

  4. Adoption, surrogacy and fostering

    When an infant becomes part of your family through adoption, foster care, surrogacy or other arrangements, there are laws and legal agreements that will outline your rights and responsibilities as a parent.

  5. Advance care plans

    Advance care plans can help the people close to you and those caring for you to know what is important to you about the level of healthcare and quality of life you would want.

  6. After-hours healthcare options

    For unexpected after-hours medical issues, there are telephone helplines, pharmacies, after-hours medical clinics or doctors who can visit you at home.

  7. Aged care rights

    Whether you are receiving care at home or living in a residential aged care home, you have the right to be treated with respect and dignity at all times, and receive high-quality care and support.

  8. Aids and equipment at home

    Disability aids and equipment such as wheelchairs, walking frames and braces can help people with disabilities and the elderly gain more independence.

  9. Alcohol and drug treatments and programs

    Counsellors, doctors and other healthcare professionals can help if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs.

  10. Alcohol and drugs - dependence and addiction

    Asking for help when you first suspect you have an alcohol or drug problem is important. If you think you have an addiction, speak to your local doctor or phone DirectLine.