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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...

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...

‘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...

Compelling speeches support Victorian bill through to committee stage

After nearly two weeks of strong campaigning by supporters and opponents of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, following passage of the bill in the Victorian Lower House (by a vote of 47 to 37).  debate began in the Victorian Upper House on 2 November. Two days of emotionally-charged...