Stories

Janet Cohen – “I have no option but to travel.”

It's six years since I was diagnosed with lung cancer and still hard to believe how this could have happened to me, a very healthy, 60-year-old non-smoker. Now looking through the narrowing window of treatment options left, I know I don’t want to die as just...

Kerry Robertson – First Victorian to access assisted dying law

On 9 July 2019, 61-year-old Kerry Robertson became the first Australian to be granted a permit for voluntary assisted dying under the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying law. Just six days later, on 15 July, she was dispensed the lethal medication and chose to take it...

Tim Edwards: Choosing the Moment

In January 2017, Tim Edwards was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He went through four different chemotherapies, none of which impeded his cancer, so by October 2017 he was advised that his illness was terminal in the short term and that he would have an estimated 3 months to live as...

ABC Foreign Correspondent: David Goodall ‘On His Own Terms’

Local and international media have been fascinated by the story of the 104 year old scientist from Western Australia who travelled to Switzerland to end his life in May 2018. Professor David Goodall was as an academic, researcher and author in a career that spanned 75 years. He was not...

Annie’s husband, Paul, joins Voluntary Euthanasia Party

Paul Gabrielides was the husband of Annie Gabrielides, who was the ‘face’ of Dying with Dignity NSW’s 2017 campaign for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (2017). Annie started the petition on Change.org “Don’t leave me trapped in a dying body - allow me to die peacefully” which received over 115,000 signatures. She lost her battle with Motor...

Goodall’s death and the fears of many elderly Australians

Local and international media were fascinated by the story of the 104 year old scientist from Western Australia who travelled to Switzerland to end his life in May 2018. [caption id="attachment_12250" align="alignright" width="400"] Dr David Goodall, described as Australia's oldest working scientist, has produced more than 100 research papers,...

Dad of three appeals for assisted dying in NSW

Last winter, Scott Riddle, aged 36, returned home to Sydney after spending four years working in Silicon Valley, to live his dream of running a small farm in country NSW with his three young children and wife Amelia. A routine trip to register with a...

Terminally-ill couple had an assisted death together

Charlie and Francie Emerick from Portland, Oregon had been married for 66 years and were both terminally ill when they died together in their bed on 20 April 2017. They had both taken lethal doses of medication obtained under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law. They died...

Noel Conway granted permission to take his case to appeal

[caption id="attachment_7614" align="alignright" width="300"] Noel Conway and his wife, Carol McCusker, in 2016[/caption] Noel Conway, now aged 68, is a retired college lecturer who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (a form of motor neurone disease) in November 2014. His condition is incurable and terminal. Last October, Noel...