Ken Hillman

Professor Ken Hillman is an actively practising intensive care specialist. He trained in Sydney and London. He has authored over 180 peer reviewed publications; has published chapters in textbooks; written two textbooks; and edited textbooks. His research interest involves redesigning the way we deliver health care and he is currently working on ways to identify elderly frail people who would normally be admitted to hospitals for the last few days/weeks of life; discussing what their own goals of care are; and empowering them to make their own choices about health. His latest book, A Good Life to the End describes real life cases that he has been involved with as examples of how otherwise well meaning clinicians assume that people near the end of life want to have the most heroic measures in order to gain a few more weeks/months of life. The book also describes how we age; dementia; how to choose a good hospital or doctor; and how to make sure your choices about how you want to be treated are documented in the most effective ways.