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Community galloping ahead of cautious doctors

By Nikki Gemmel It feels as if public sentiment is taking over here, fast; that a community want is galloping ahead of the cautious position of many doctors, with all their questions. Medically assisted dying is a conversation that our health professionals need to have, urgently, whether...

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Why does Andrew Denton support change?

In October 2015, Andrew Denton concluded the "Di Gribble Argument" lecture, before a packed audience in Melbourne, with the following conclusion: “It is not time that we had a law for assisted dying in Australia: it is well past time. I’m not talking about a right...

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New Zealand Parliament to vote on VAD

David Seymour's End of Life Choices Bill was plucked at random from the members' ballot on Thursday, almost two years after it was first included, and there's confidence it has the numbers to pass. It would give people over 18 with a terminal illness or...

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Support Annie’s right to choose

Annie Gabrielides has Motor Neurone Disease and is fighting for the right to choose a peaceful death. She has been given a 12 month prognosis, and says she is terrified of an undignified, drawn out and painful death. Annie would like to live her life...

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Palliative care pioneer’s death was a message

75-year-old Clive Deverall, took his life on March 11 after suffering for two decades from a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. As head of the Cancer Council of WA for more than two decades and a former President of ­Palliative Care WA, Deverell was on...

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Labor councillor’s plea to NSW MPs

City of Sydney Labor councillor Linda Scott, and her father Dr Gary Scott, are urging MPs to vote in favour of a voluntary assisted dying bill due to come before the upper house of the NSW Parliament within months. Dr Gary Scott was diagnosed with...

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Our AGM with Colleen Cartwright

Our AGM was held on Saturday 27 May 2017 in Sydney, and the feedback from those who attended has been terrific. Professor Colleen Cartwright was the guest speaker, with the topic of her speech being ‘End of Life Options – The Key Issues’. Professor Cartwright spoke...

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Opposition to VAD is largely religious

Neil Francis presents empirical data and discussion and concludes: "They show that while a substantial majority of Australians support assisted dying, almost all the opposition to it is connected with religion, particularly amongst the most religious who are a small minority of the population.Despite the...

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Tasmanian Parliament votes down VAD Bill

Legislation to allow for euthanasia to take place in Tasmania has been voted down for the third time in less than a decade. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, co-sponsored by Labor justice spokeswoman Lara Giddings and Greens leader Cassy O’Connor, sought to provide adults with “intolerable...

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Annie releases petition update

Annie G has sent a petition update to all those people who have signed her Change.org petition “Don’t leave me trapped in a dying body - allow me to die peacefully” which she started on 4 May. It starts "Tuesday was huge for me and...