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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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Support the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (NSW)

The cross-party NSW Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying has unveiled a draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (NSW) for public consultation, with the aim of introducing it to Upper House of the NSW Parliament in September for debate shortly afterwards. The bill is the result...

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Noel Conway in the UK High Court

The UK High Court has begun hearing the legal challenge of a terminally ill UK man, Noel Conway, who wants the right to die. The Noel Conway v Ministry of Justice case, which is supported by Dignity in Dying UK, will be heard by three...

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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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Speak to your MP about VAD – Sydney forum

On Thursday 13 July, 2017 at 6pm - 7:30pm a forum was held in the NSW Parliament House Theatre to discuss the final draft of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (draft 21!) which will be presented to the Upper House in the second sitting week...

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Canada’s law, one year on

by Dr. David Amies In June 2016, the federal government of Canada passed its medical assistance in dying (MAID) bill, thereby allowing certain persons to obtain help from their doctors to end their lives. The new law disappointed many activists because it was seen as too restrictive, but in...

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Stimulating community information session in Port Macquarie

On Tuesday 11 July, we held the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill community information and consultation session in Port Macquarie. The event was hosted by the 'NSW Parliamentary Working Group on Assisted Dying' in conjunction with Dying with Dignity Midnorth Coast NSW. The speaker was Trevor Khan,...

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Church and States battle

There are non-religious people who are wary of introducing voluntary assisted dying laws, but the Catholic strain is obvious and contentious. It was the organisation and funding from the broad Catholic church – as well fierce opposition from the AMA and concern from some Indigenous groups...