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NSW Nurses & Midwives declare support for VAD

Hundreds of nurses and midwives have considered the moral and ethical challenges of assisted dying and voted in support of the need for legislative change to occur in New South Wales. More than 500 delegates attending the 72nd Annual Conference of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association...

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Final Report defines bill for Victorian Parliament

The Victorian Ministerial Advisory Panel Final Report has made 66 recommendations around the drafting of a voluntary assisted dying law. The Panel, was headed by Professor Brian Owler, the immediate past President of the Australian Medical Association. Dr Owler said the Victorian model was closest to...

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Palliative care and VAD are not mutually exclusive

Andrew Denton has written a piece for The Australian entitled 'The dying deserve a compassionate choice when palliative care fails'. Amongst many compelling points, Denton says "The late Clive Deverall, founder of Palliative Care WA, wrote about this last year...

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Californian law operating well.

According to according to a report just released by the Californian Department of Public Health, 111 people in California took their own lives using lethal prescriptions during the first six months of a law that allows terminally ill people to request life-ending drugs from their...

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AMA past president supports VAD

Photo of Professor Brian Owler thanks to SMH photo by Andrew Meares Neurosurgeon and the immediate past federal president of the AMA and a former head of the NSW body, Professor Brian Owler says it was the “terrible death” of his father that convinced him to...

Dr Anne Jaumees, a Western Sydney anaesthetist, supports voluntary assisted dying after working in palliative care for 15 years: "All their lives they want dignity and patients want that up until the end, too." photo by Dominic Lorrimer

Poll results: majority of doctors backing us!

About 60 per cent of doctors support the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill and fewer than 30 per cent oppose it, according to a survey by market research company Ekas emailed to a database of 4000 NSW doctors it deemed 'opinion leaders' and returned by about 500....

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Our AGM with Colleen Cartwright

Our AGM was held on Saturday 27 May 2017 in Sydney, and the feedback from those who attended has been terrific. Professor Colleen Cartwright was the guest speaker, with the topic of her speech being ‘End of Life Options – The Key Issues’. Professor Cartwright spoke...

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An emotional Q&A debate

Voluntary euthanasia dominated Q&A on Monday night 10 April. The panel — which included senators Penny Wong and Mitch Fifield, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, author Nikki Gemmell and ethics expert Margaret Somerville — didn't all see eye-to-eye on the issue, but did all agree it is...

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VCAT Ruling on Nembutal sets important precedent

Just before Christmas 2016, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) handed down a historic judgement in a case brought by the veteran advocate for assisted dying, Dr Rodney Syme. VCAT accepted Syme’s defence (that his supply of Nembutal to dying patients was a legitimate...