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Bishop says Christianity should not be used to oppose assisted dying

A Victorian Anglican bishop, Bishop Andrew Curnow, has delivered a startling rebuke to those demanding he oppose marriage equality and assisted dying. Bendigo Bishop Curnow argued Australia was no longer a Christian nation and using Christianity as grounds to oppose equal marriage and voluntary assisted...

NSW Premier doesn’t think she can support the bill

The NSW Premier and Member for Willoughby, Gladys Berejiklian, was interviewed by 2GB's Ben Fordham on 5 September about the issue of voluntary assisted dying. It seems that Ms Berejiklian has decided to vote against the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (2017) which has not yet...

Registered Nurse: Some patients do suffer in the end

By Tara Nipe, a registered nurse, nursing academic, and Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Vic) project officer. The overwhelming majority of patients die well: without pain or agitation, with loved ones present or recently visited. But as even experts in the field acknowledge, a tiny number...

Rising support for assistance in dying by Canadian doctors

Informal polls conducted at the Canadian Medical Association's annual general meeting on August 23 show rising support among doctors for medical assistance in dying (MAID). The CMA represents about 85,000 physicians, residents and medical students, and previously was not a keen supporter of MAID. "The mood is...

Assisted dying law improves California’s end-of-life care

Physicians across California say that since the introduction of the End Of Life Option Act 2016 conversations that health workers are having with patients are leading to patients’ fears and needs around dying being addressed better than ever before. They say the law has improved...

Catholic church mobilises against assisted dying in NSW

According to today's Sydney Morning Herald, Bishop Peter Comensoli, the designated spokesman for Catholic bishops on the voluntary assisted dying issue, has organised distribution of a petition to 26 parishes and more than 40 schools in his diocese of Broken Bay, covering Sydney's north shore,...

VAD improved doctor-patient relationship in Oregon

Dr Leigh Dolin was President of the Oregon Medical Association when the Death With Dignity Act was passed in 1997, making Oregon the first state in the US to legalise voluntary assisted dying. Dr Dolin has been closely involved in the introduction and administration of...

Our winter newsletter is out

Voluntary Assisted Dying is getting a lot of attention in the media at the moment, as campaigns in both Victoria and NSW are heating up. We expect bills to legalise assisted dying to be debated in September in both states. In the meantime, our opponents...

Northern Tablelands supports proposed bill

In mid-July, Adam Marshall,  the NSW State MP for Northern Tablelands, asked the community to provide him with their thoughts on a proposal to be debated in Parliament that would allow terminally ill patients in NSW to voluntarily end their lives with medical assistance. To help the...

75% of cancer patients support access to assisted dying

More than 10,000 Australians who are living with, or survivors of, breast cancer contributed to a broad ranging survey commissioned by Breast Cancer Network Australia in the first half of 2017. year. Seventy five per cent of respondents said they were supportive of people having access...