Eliana Close


Eliana Close is a PhD student with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at QUT.  She graduated with first class honours in psychology from the University of Calgary, and completed her law degree with honours at Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to coming to QUT she worked as a business associate at Google and a judge's associate at the Court of Appeal of Alberta. She also practised law as a Crown Prosecutor. Eliana has longstanding interests in the intersection of law, technology and bioethics. Her PhD research on the socio-legal implications of bedside rationing at the end of life is supported by QUT's NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in End of Life Care.




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Journal article

15 May 2019


Objective To increase knowledge of how doctors perceive futile treatments and scarcity of resources at the end of life. In particular, their perceptions about whether and how resource limitations influence end-of-life decision making. This study builds on previous work that found...

Journal article

24 Feb 2019

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) (VAD Act) will become operational on 19 June 2019. A designated 18‐month implementation period has seen an Implementation Taskforce appointed, and work is underway on projects including developing clinical guidance, models of care, medication protocols and training for...

Journal article

16 Oct 2017

The aims of this study are to estimate the incidence and duration of futile treatment in end-of-life hospital admissions and to assign a monetary value to the hospital bed days that were used.

Journal article

8 May 2016

Despite the potential harm to patients (and others) and the financial cost of providing futile treatment at the end of life, this practice occurs. This article reports on empirical research undertaken in Queensland that explores doctors’ perceptions about the law that governs futile treatment at...

Journal article

2 May 2016


Objective: To investigate how doctors define and use the terms “futility” and “futile treatment” in end-of-life care.

Design, setting, participants: A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with 96 doctors from a range of specialties which treat adults at the end...

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