Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation calls on Victorian Parliament to support VAD Bill

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation calls on Victorian Parliament to support VAD Bill

Press Release by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) – Thursday 19 October 2017

Nurses union calls on Victorian Parliament to vote for voluntary assisted dying law

Voluntary assisted dying law will give terminally ill patients more access to palliative care options, further specialised review of treatment options and more autonomy around managing intolerable pain and increase their legal protections and oversight.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said:

…… “Every shift nurses are with patients when they die. Our intimate knowledge of the dying process means many nurses are uncomfortable with the status quo and the absence of a legal framework around refusal or stopping of treatment, withdrawing nutrition and hydration, pushing futile treatments that prolong suffering, continuous sedation and administering increasingly high doses of morphine.

“The proposed bill will give dying Victorians more choice and control about their last days and hours, but it will also give them greater protection over decisions that shorten their lives that are already being made by others without consultation or oversight,

…… “It’s not an either/or scenario, ANMF wants a system that leads the world in hospital and community palliative care nursing and provides a robust, safe and a compassionate voluntary assisted dying choice if you are terminally ill and meet very tight criteria,

…..”Nurses are standing up for those patients who are too ill to lobby politicians for this law and for those we have cared for and, despite our best efforts, did not have a good death.”

Click for full Press Release Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) calls on Victorian Parliament to vote for voluntary assisted dying law 19 October 2017

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