Dr Syme: 2017 Australian Humanist of the Year

Dr Syme: 2017 Australian Humanist of the Year

The Council of Australian Humanist Societies recognise Dr Syme’s sustained advocacy and well informed support for physician-assisted dying. Dr Syme will be presented with The Australian Humanist of the Year 2017 award at a Gala Dinner on Saturday 8 April in Melbourne. “Assisted dying is a Human Right and a Humanist ideal,” said Dr Syme. “This is essentially what is being honoured in the award.”

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The transcript of his acceptance speech. It offers a great insight into Dr Syme’s lifetime of work, and how he has come to engage with the community on the end of life issues that have resulted in the Victorian Government developing Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation in 2017. It ends with “The possibility of assisted dying should be a humanist project – it allows people to use their intelligence as to how and when they will die, and respects every person’s decision, whatever it may be.”

Dr Syme Humanist of the Year acceptance speech transcript April 2017