About the film

Synopsis

Old people used to die at home, surrounded by their loved ones. Now they are ending up in intensive care, connected to machines and surrounded by strangers.

Intensive Care specialist Dr Charlie Corke is committed to give his elderly patients every chance to
get better, but he knows that sometimes the treatment is only lengthening the dying process, causing discomfort and distress.

This documentary takes us on a journey of a doctor who is trying to balance his own enthusiasm for medical technology with an acceptance that, after a long and healthy life, it’s OK to go.

IN THE END is a beautiful and profound film that follows the journey of patients, their families and
their doctor dealing with a modern-day dilemma of our own making.

Developed with the assistance of SCREEN AUSTRALIA.
Supported by the STATE GOVERNMENT OF VICTORIA.

26 minutes
© 2010 Screen Australia and Yew Tree Films

         

 

About Dr Charlie Corke

IN THE END features Dr Charlie Corke MBBS., BSc., MRCP(UK), FCICM.

Born and educated in England, Dr Charlie Corke undertook medical training at St Bartholomew’s
Hospital in London.

After qualifying as both a physician and anaesthetist, Charlie decided to become an intensive care specialist. He moved to work in Hong Kong and then on to Australia, initially working as Director of Intensive Care at the Repatriation Hospital in Melbourne. In 1991 he moved to become Director of Intensive Care in Geelong and has been very happily working there ever since.

Charlie is currently a member of the Board of the College of Intensive Care Medicine and an examiner
for the College. He has published a number of books and research papers on medicine, anaesthesia
and intensive care.

Charlie is also the author of key studies in the area of end of life care.

At his own hospital Charlie conducted a ground-breaking study that discovered that, overwhelmingly, families opt for medical intervention even though they believe that the treatment is inappropriate
– even when they are aware the treatment is contrary to their parents’ wishes.

Understanding that doctors – particularly junior doctors – regularly offer their patients technological intervention which may be futile, Charlie developed the training program “When Enough is Enough”, which aims to improve doctors’ end-of-life communication.

Charlie has released a new book, Saving Life … or prolonging death: Finding the way in a world
of medical technology. (published by Erudite Medical Books).