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Aussie Life

Aussie life

15 June 2024

9:00 AM

15 June 2024

9:00 AM

I’m in a nursing home. It’s St Vincent’s, Australia’s biggest not-for-profit aged care provider, one of several in Brisbane run by the Sisters of Charity. The setting is picturesque on the river, alive with CityCat ferries and a skyline dominated by towering apartment blocks. I’m in my ninetieth year and the plan was that I would be here for a few weeks’ respite while my wife of 56 years recovered from unexpected major surgery.

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John Coleman is a veteran journalist who has worked in Australia, London’s Fleet Street and the US.

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