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Victorian VAD data released

On Wednesday 19 February the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board released a report covering the first six months of the operation of the Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act. In the six months from 19 June to 31 December 2019, 136 people commenced the assessment process for VAD through...

OUR SUMMER NEWSLETTER WITH THE LATEST NEWS FROM AUSTRALIA AND OVERSEAS

Our Summer 2019 Newsletter aims to bring everyone up-to-date with the latest developments from across Australia and around the world. We held back publication of this newsletter so we could include the exciting news from Western Australia. On Tuesday 10 December the WA Parliament passed their...

WA’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill becomes law

On Tuesday 10 December 2019 the Western Australian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 cleared its final parliamentary hurdle making Western Australian the second state after Victoria to legalise voluntary assisted dying for the terminally ill.  It took five hours for the Legislative Assembly to work its way...

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...

Palliative Care Australia no longer opposes assisted dying

On 5 September 2019 Australia's peak palliative care body, Palliative Care Australia updated its position on voluntary assisted dying. They are no longer opposed to VAD and have adopted a neutral position. Palliative Care Australia (PCA) Board Chair Dr Jane Fischer says the organisation has updated its position...

DWD Central Coast Meeting with Dr Jill Gordon and Ms Oana McBride

DWD Central Coast quarterly meeting When: Friday 16 August 2019 – 10 am to 12 noon Ms Bev Symons, Coordinator of Dying with Dignity NSW Central Coast Group, will provide an update on the latest news. Topic for discussion: ‘PALLIATIVE CARE & VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING: CLASH OR COLLABORATE?’ Guest speakers: Dr Jill...

Dr Rodney Syme awarded an AM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Voluntary assisted dying advocate and former President of Dying with Dignity Victoria, Dr Rodney Syme has been awarded an AM, a Member of the Order of Australia, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. In October last year Dying with Dignity NSW was one of a number of...