Competence and capacity at the end of life: uneasy paternalism

Sharon G Reutens and Carmelle Peisah
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11596
Published online: 19 March 2012

To the Editor: Le and Chapman’s article1 on capacity at the end of life raises a number of timely issues, given our ageing population and the autonomous rights of individuals in end-of-life decision making.2

  • Sharon G Reutens1,0
  • Carmelle Peisah2

  • 1 Australian Centre for Capacity, Ethics and the Prevention of Exploitation of People with Disabilities, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.


Competing interests:

The authors have received honoraria from Pfizer and Alzheimer’s Australia for speaking engagements.


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