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What we can learn from Canada

As an intensive care specialist in the emergency department of one of Canada's leading teaching hospitals, Dr Scott Anderson has seen a lot of people die. If Australian lawmakers can learn anything from Canada's experience with euthanasia, it is that difficult issues do not finish...

NSW VAD bill in final stages

A NSW cross-party working group is finalising draft assisted dying legislation that it intends to release for public consultation as early as next month. The working group is comprised of Nationals MLC Trevor Khan, Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi, Labor MLC Lynda Voltz, Liberal MP Lee...

British Police increasingly turn a blind eye to VAD

To gauge the impact of the updated guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), The Economist asked all police forces and the CPS for the number of recorded offences of aiding and abetting suicide they held from the start of 2010 to the end of...

People of faith in USA support VAD

As spiritual leaders of the Interfaith Clergy for End-of-Life Options our mission is to promote understanding and acceptance of diverse spiritual beliefs related to end-of-life decisions. We were heartened by the recent results of the survey conducted by Nashville-based “LifeWay Research”, showing that more than...

744 assisted deaths in Canada since law passed

Canada TV News surveyed provincial and territorial health ministries to gather the most comprehensive picture of the practice to date. The data collected by CTV News also showed that most patients who opted for an assisted death suffered from conditions such as cancer or neurological...

Ohio makes assisted dying a felony

House Bill 470 makes knowingly assisting in a suicide a third-degree felony in Ohio, punishable by up to five years in prison. Previously, Ohio law only permitted a court to issue an injunction against someone who helps another kill him or herself. The measure was...

VCAT rules in favour of Dr Syme

Dying With Dignity Victoria are delighted by the recent ruling in Dr Rodney Syme's VCAT case, where he fought against a condition placed on his medical license by the Medical Board of Australia in relation to counselling that he was providing to a Victorian man....

Victorian VAD ministerial advisory panel appointed

The Victorian government this week appointed a ministerial advisory panel that will help guide the government as it drafts legislation in coming months. The group will be chaired by former Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler, a trained neurosurgeon who is seen as a strong...

Colorado VAD law takes effect immediately

Governor John Hickenlooper on Friday signed into law a voter-passed initiative to allow terminally ill adults, with fewer than six months to live, to end their lives with prescribed medication. Proposition 106, known as “End of Life Options,” took effect the moment Hickenlooper penned his...

Our current under-the-radar decision making

By Jan Caro Usually the increase in pain relief is agreed to, in a coded fashion, by both the relatives and medical practitioners tending to the dying person.The group we never consider are those who grieve. And those are the people who – in desperate circumstances...

Victoria’s model for VAD may be narrow enough to pass

By Andrew McGee, Lindy Willmot and Ben White of QUT What is interesting from a law reform perspective is the decision to include an implementation review step in the process. The premier revealed that an expert Ministerial Advisory Panel of clinical, legal, consumer, health administrator and...

Baby boomers will not lie down and die an undignified death

By Professor Ross Fitzgerald There is probably no other issue in Australian public life that can claim such increasing levels of support over the past decade. What we are talking about is dying with dignity, or voluntary euthanasia. With such overwhelming levels of support, how come...