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Bid for VAD in WA

New Health Minister Roger Cook is calling for euthanasia to be legalised in WA in response to a “growing demand” for terminally ill patients to have the right to end their life. “Any debate in parliament on assisted suicide for terminally ill patients would have...

Marshall Peron: Why we must legalise VAD

by Marshall Perron It is almost bewildering why our Queensland politicians (with the sole exception of the soon-to-retire Peter Wellington) are terrified of embracing the subject of voluntary euthanasia. Ever since the Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump and the resurrection of Pauline Hanson, the...

The fight for the right in Queensland

Dying with Dignity Queensland has ramped up its bid to have the Queensland Parliament's Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee respond to Speaker Peter Wellington's call for an inquiry into End of Life Choices. Dying with Dignity Qld president Sharon...

Syme discusses “Time To Die” book

Dr Rodney Syme has a good discussion with Amanda Vanstone on ABC radio's Counterpoint program about his new book, ‘Time To Die’. Syme explains why he is a strong advocate for good palliative care, but why it is not enough to end all suffering at...

Oregon and Washington show the way

By Neil Francis of DyingForChoice.com A scientific study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that residents of both Oregon and Washington states, which legalised assisted dying in 1997 and 2008 respectively—as well as establishing formal advance directive programs—are far more likely to...

Handful of Senators defeat bill in New Mexico

The state Senate on Wednesday night defeated a bill that would have legalized assisted suicide for terminally ill people, expected to die within six months. Senate Bill 252 was sponsored by Democrat Senator Liz Stefanics.  In a 22-20 vote, seven Democrats joined 15 Republicans to...

Over 450 Quebec patients received MAID last year

A total of 461 patients were granted doctor-assisted death during the first year of Quebec's medical aid in dying law, according to data obtained by CBC's French-language service, Radio-Canada. According to Dr. Alain Naud, the data indicates medical aid in dying is meeting a societal...

Rose’s Story and why the politicians won’t talk

Rose Tyburczy, suffered with Corticobasal degeneration (a rare, progressive neurodegenerative disease) and wanted to die. She had hoped that a change in the law in South Australia would allow her the choice of medical assistance to die. When the Death with Dignity Bill 2016 failed...

Dr Syme response to Inquiry Report

By Dr Rodney Syme The Victorian Upper House Committee of Inquiry into End of Life Choices produced an excellent report last year, which recommended that the government legislate for assisted dying with appropriate safeguards. The only disappointing aspect of the parliamentary report was the recommendation assistance...

New WA Premier supports VAD

In a landslide result, Western Australia has elected a new Labor Premier, Mark McGowan, who supports voluntary assisted dying legislation. McGowan's views on assisted dying were well known to the people of WA before the election. The outgoing Liberal Premier had been quoted as saying...

A physician’s view of MAID in Canada

Dr. Lianne Yoshida has been a family physician for 17 years in Nova Scotia, Canada. As of December 2016, she had helped four patients end their suffering. “When families have watched their loved one suffer for a long time, both the patients and families have...

MAID Act passes Hawai’i Senate

In a full floor vote, the Hawai‘i Senate today voted 22 to 3 to approve Senate Bill 1129, the Medical Aid in Dying Act, and refer it to the House of Representatives for further consideration. SB1129 SD1 is modelled on the Oregon statute and includes...