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Peter Short’s story told in Fade to Black film

The documentary Fade to Black premiered in Australian cinemas in August. It has been taken on a nationwide tour, with screenings an panel discussions in every capital city plus some regional towns. The following NSW screenings are still upcoming: Friday 20 October 7 pm at Odeon 5 Cinemas...

Support Annie’s right to choose – see Annie’s latest video

Annie Gabrielides has Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and is fighting for the right to choose a peaceful death. Early in 2017, she was given a 12 month prognosis. Annie says she is terrified of an undignified, drawn out and painful death. Annie would like to...

Peter Singer: I am seeking to reduce pointless suffering

By Peter Singer, Professor of bioethics at Princeton University and laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne People often ask me what connects the various issues I have written about over the years – issues like global poverty, the way we treat animals, and the way we...

Denton and Nia Sims want to “Stop The Horror”

Channel 10 program The Project interviewed Andrew Denton, co-director of Go Gentle Australia, about the harrowing 5 min video Stop The Horror, which they have produced. Below is their interview with Denton and with Nia Sims, as posted on The Project Facebook page. Although it...

Dr McPhee: Having choice enables me to embrace my life now

Diagnosed at 59 with stage four Sezary syndrome, a rare form of cancer, Dr McPhee underwent several rounds of treatment, including a bone marrow transplant, and at one point suffered multiple organ failure. Half of all patients die within five years of diagnosis of Sezary...

The most beautiful death I have witnessed

by Dr Paul Preston, Physician at the North East Local Health Integration Network, Ontario, Canada. The first Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) case I performed was for a lady who was suffering and deteriorating. She could no longer do anything she valued and did not want...

For me assisted dying isn’t about dying, it’s about living

"I have a rare and incurable form of cancer called sarcoma and I know I may not have long left. I'm 57 and live in Twickenham, London. I'm a chemistry lecturer and scientist by trade and, until recently, I had the job of my dreams. I...

What about those who cannot afford to go to Dignitas?

Sara Starkey, 72, travelled to Switzerland with her husband Andrew Tyler, 70, who suffered from advanced Parkinson's Disease. He died in April 2017 at Dignitas with Sara by his side. Tyler, a former music writer, was diagnosed with the Parkinson's Disease 10 years ago. His...