Changing the lives of patients with chronic and severe headaches, along with fostering the growth of the neurological profession across the world, forms just part of the reason behind Associate Professor Richard Stark’s appointment to the Member of The Order of Australia (AM).
Victoria's voluntary assisted dying law comes into effect on 19 June 2019. It allows a person in the late stages of advanced disease to take medication prescribed by a doctor that will bring about their death at a time they choose – often at home supported by family and friends.
Volunteer Kate Pointon knows what it’s like to be a patient on the Neurosurgery ward at The Alfred – it’s where she spent three months last year recovering from a brain aneurysm. Now, she’s one of the first “Host Volunteers”, providing patients on the Neurosurgery and Trauma wards with companionship and conversation.