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

‘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 assist someone to die, if they are suffering and no longer wish to live?  Can you safeguard the vulnerable?  These are the life and death questions at the heart of the debate around voluntary euthanasia, or voluntary assisted dying.  With both Victorian and NSW actively considering ‘dying with dignity’ laws, Paul Barclay spoke to a panel of speakers about the issue at the Noosa Alive Festival.


Dr Rodney Syme: Rodney Syme, a Melbourne surgeon is a past President of Dying with Dignity, Victoria and the author of A Good Death published by Melbourne University Press.

The Most Rev: Dr Phillip Aspinall, Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane. Dr Aspinall holds degrees in science, theology and a Master of Business Administration.

Sandra Gilbert: Clinical Care Coordinator – Palliative Care (Dementia Nurse Specialist), Noosa Care, Sunshine Coast.

Shayne Higson: Shayne Higson is a photographic artist. Following the death of her mother from an aggressive brain cancer in late 2012, she became a passionate and vocal supporter of dying with dignity law reform.


Paul Barclay, Presenter of Radio National-Big Ideas program.

This event was broadcast on Radio National’s Big Ideas program on 25 July 2017. Click here to listen to a podcast of the audio program (54 mins)