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Activity 4: William's story

William is a 60-year-old man who grew up in a large family in a regional area of Australia. Over the years, like many of his generation, he has seen amazing improvements in the quality of health care and life expectancy. This is due to such things as the introduction of immunisation, antibiotics and new medical technology.

William has also seen how family structures have changed. He has seen the introduction of aged care facilities to care for frail older people who were previously cared for by their families at home.

William is faced with the possibility that he may be diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. William is concerned about a change in his normal bowel habits and has gone to his GP for advice.

William's story

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