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The doctor’s oath demands that we listen to our patient

"My grandfather, an OB-GYN, stated his support for the legality of medical aid in dying as he was slowly dying from cancer. I remember a conversation in which he marveled that our society had no problem giving “aid in birth” by providing medication for pain...

Suffering family offended by Luke Foley MP

On 20 September, the NSW Opposition Leader, Luke Foley, tweeted the following "Personally, I will vote against. I oppose the state sanctioning the taking of human life. Opposed to capital punishment & euthanasia". Apparently, Foley's comment was retweeted by several senior Catholic figures, including the Bishop...

Bishop says Christianity should not be used to oppose assisted dying

A Victorian Anglican bishop, Bishop Andrew Curnow, has delivered a startling rebuke to those demanding he oppose marriage equality and assisted dying. Bendigo Bishop Curnow argued Australia was no longer a Christian nation and using Christianity as grounds to oppose equal marriage and voluntary assisted...

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...

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...

Peter Short’s story told in Fade to Black film

The documentary Fade to Black (1.5 hours) is centred around the personal story of Peter Short, the charismatic CEO of a major Australian company. Peter is diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer and learns that he has only months to live. After hearing about Melbourne-based physician, Dr Rodney Syme – who has...