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Who supports assisted dying laws in this federal election?

A number of Dying with Dignity NSW members and supporters have been asking which candidates in the upcoming federal election support voluntary assisted dying (VAD) laws. Assisted dying is strictly speaking a state issue; however, we know that opposition to VAD can affect related bills...

2019 Annual General Meeting

Approximately 60 people attended the 2019 Dying with Dignity NSW AGM on Saturday 27 April. In her President's Report, Penny Hackett explained why 2018 had turned out to be a busier year than expected. Although there wasn't a NSW VAD Bill debated during 2018, staff changes,...

Your right to a peaceful, dignified death

Our President, Penny Hackett was interviewed for this editorial piece for the Sydney Morning Herald that was published on Wednesday 10 April 2019. In an ideal world, everyone would experience a ‘good death’ – pain free and without trauma. With scientific and medical advancements curing diseases...

Our Autumn Newsletter with the latest news from Australia and overseas

Our Autumn 2019 Newsletter aims to bring everyone up-to-date with the latest developments from across Australia and around the world. The NSW Election on Saturday 23 March is a chance to send a message to MPs about the overwhelming support in the community for voluntary assisted...

How Voluntary Assisted Dying Influenced the Victorian Election

Many news outlets are reporting that Victoria's Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Act comes into effect in mid 2019, and how other Parliaments around the country are likely to implement similar reforms. Moves are afoot in Western Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and Queensland. Marshall Perron,...

‘The Truth About End of Life Choices’ Forum

On Sunday 11 November 2018, five hundred people gathered at North Sydney Leagues Club to hear Andrew Denton in conversation with a panel of eminent health professionals as they discussed the reality of end of life care in Australia and the choices we face when...

Queensland Premier launches End of Life Choices Inquiry

On the 14 November 2018, Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk launched a parliamentary inquiry into the delivery of aged care, end of life and palliative care in Queensland across the health and ageing service sector. As part of the 12 month inquiry, the Health, Communities, Disability Services...

WA Government to introduce Bill to legalise voluntary assisted dying

On Monday 12 November 2018, the Western Australian Government announced that it will introduce a Bill into State Parliament next year to legalise voluntary assisted dying. The decision comes after the Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices recommended the new law in its August report 'My...

OUR SPRING NEWSLETTER IS FULL OF THE LATEST AUSTRALIAN AND OVERSEAS NEWS

The issue of voluntary assisted dying continues to be a hot topic across Australia and around the world. Our Spring 2018 Newsletter aims to bring everyone up-to-date with the latest news; however, there have been important developments in Western Australian which we will post as a...

Where do the candidates stand on assisted dying laws?

Dying with Dignity NSW asked all candidates contesting the by-election for the vacant seat of Wentworth their views on voluntary assisted dying. We asked two questions - Question 1: Do you, in principle, support the concept of voluntary assisted dying laws? That is, laws that would permit...