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Abbey Egan turns grief into advocacy for VAD laws

Newcastle local, Abbey Egan, was one of the key organisers who lined up six Dying with Dignity stalls at shopping centres across the Newcastle region on Saturday 30 January 2021. Abbey lost her partner Jayde to a prolonged and unnecessarily traumatic death from cervical cancer in...

“Now it is my turn”

In early 2017 a terminally ill woman living in NSW wrote to Dying with Dignity to share her story to support the campaign for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill that was due to be debated in late 2017. In August 2020 we tried to contact...

Scott Riddle – “There’s just all these unknowns”

“I can vividly remember the moment my doctor told me that a scan had found cancer in my liver. Just two weeks earlier a ‘precautionary’ colonoscopy had resulted in a surprise bowel cancer diagnosis, but my doctors had been confident we’d caught it early. The...

John Eason: “I hope I get my call soon.”

By Shirley Eason My husband John passed away in April in Tweed Hospital, NSW. He had suffered with Parkinson’s and Lewy Body dementia for five years - that is when he was diagnosed. He hated what his life had become after having been a very energetic...

Janet Cohen – “I have no option but to travel.”

It's six years since I was diagnosed with lung cancer and still hard to believe how this could have happened to me, a very healthy, 60-year-old non-smoker. Now looking through the narrowing window of treatment options left, I know I don’t want to die as just...

Kerry Robertson – First Victorian to access assisted dying law

On 9 July 2019, 61-year-old Kerry Robertson became the first Australian to be granted a permit for voluntary assisted dying under the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying law. Just six days later, on 15 July, she was dispensed the lethal medication and chose to take it...

Tim Edwards: Choosing the Moment

In January 2017, Tim Edwards was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He went through four different chemotherapies, none of which impeded his cancer, so by October 2017 he was advised that his illness was terminal in the short term and that he would have an estimated 3 months to live as...

ABC Foreign Correspondent: David Goodall ‘On His Own Terms’

Local and international media have been fascinated by the story of the 104 year old scientist from Western Australia who travelled to Switzerland to end his life in May 2018. Professor David Goodall was as an academic, researcher and author in a career that spanned 75 years. He was not...

Annie’s husband, Paul, joins Voluntary Euthanasia Party

Paul Gabrielides was the husband of Annie Gabrielides, who was the ‘face’ of Dying with Dignity NSW’s 2017 campaign for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (2017). Annie started the petition on Change.org “Don’t leave me trapped in a dying body - allow me to die peacefully” which received over 115,000 signatures. She lost her battle with Motor...