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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...

Denton speech: Assistance to end suffering is a human right

Andrew Denton delivered a speech on Friday 21 July to the Monash University’s Castan Centre for Human Rights. His discussion of the need for voluntary assisted dying law was based upon the human rights codified under 'The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006...

‘Noosa Alive Festival’ Q&A with Rodney Syme and Shayne Higson

On Saturday 22 July at 10 am the University of the Sunshine Coast  partnered with NOOSA Alive – Festival of Thought to present 'EUTHANASIA Q&A: Assisted Dying Law' Description: Should the terminally ill have the right to end their own lives?  Should you be allowed to...

Victorian Premier to introduce VAD bill

Daniel Andrews, the Premier of Victoria, has just announced that "We will introduce a Bill to the Parliament to legalise voluntary assisted dying. We appointed a panel of experts to recommend the safest-possible model – and today, we accepted their recommendations in full. Now, let us...

Final Report defines bill for Victorian Parliament

The Victorian Ministerial Advisory Panel on Voluntary Assisted Dying Final Report has made 66 recommendations around the drafting of a voluntary assisted dying law. The Panel, was headed by Professor Brian Owler, the immediate past President of the Australian Medical Association. Dr Owler said the Victorian...

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...

Speak to your MP about VAD – Sydney forum

On Thursday 13 July, 2017 at 6pm - 7:30pm a forum was held in the NSW Parliament House Theatre to discuss the final draft of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (draft 21!) which will be presented to the Upper House in the second sitting week...

Canada’s law, one year on

by Dr. David Amies In June 2016, the federal government of Canada passed its medical assistance in dying (MAID) bill, thereby allowing certain persons to obtain help from their doctors to end their lives. The new law disappointed many activists because it was seen as too restrictive, but in...