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Doctors will be able to opt out

Victorian doctors should have the right to refuse to help terminally ill patients who wish to die according to the Experts Panel Report. Read article...

Dr Syme shares Bernard’s last moments

[caption id="attachment_8672" align="alignleft" width="893"] Dr Rodney Syme and Mr Bernard Erica photo credit Jackie Cohen[/caption] Dr Rodney Syme has described his final moments with Bernard Erica, a terminally-ill patient who died after taking a life-ending drug. Read 9news article 13/4/17 on 7 March, 2016 ABC’s “Australian Story” was...

An emotional Q&A debate

Voluntary euthanasia dominated Q&A on Monday night 10 April. The panel — which included senators Penny Wong and Mitch Fifield, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, author Nikki Gemmell and ethics expert Margaret Somerville — didn't all see eye-to-eye on the issue, but did all agree it is...

Dr Syme: 2017 Australian Humanist of the Year

The Council of Australian Humanist Societies recognise Dr Syme’s sustained advocacy and well informed support for physician-assisted dying. Dr Syme will be presented with The Australian Humanist of the Year 2017 award at a Gala Dinner on Saturday 8 April in Melbourne. “Assisted dying is...

Mental illness isn’t the only reason for suicide

The recent revelation that each day more than eight Australians kill themselves was startling and confronting but perhaps even worse was learning that another 200 of us attempt suicide every day and do not succeed. …. stop viewing suicide solely through the prism of mental...

AMA uncovered: dud ‘review’

By Neil Francis of DyingforChoice.com In 2016, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) reviewed its policy on ‘euthanasia and physician assisted suicide’ and the AMA executive set its policy as opposed to assisted dying. Neil Francis provides evidence to show that the only “justifiable” position the AMA...

Bid for VAD in WA

New Health Minister Roger Cook is calling for euthanasia to be legalised in WA in response to a “growing demand” for terminally ill patients to have the right to end their life. “Any debate in parliament on assisted suicide for terminally ill patients would have...

Marshall Peron: Why we must legalise VAD

by Marshall Perron It is almost bewildering why our Queensland politicians (with the sole exception of the soon-to-retire Peter Wellington) are terrified of embracing the subject of voluntary euthanasia. Ever since the Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump and the resurrection of Pauline Hanson, the...

The fight for the right in Queensland

Dying with Dignity Queensland has ramped up its bid to have the Queensland Parliament's Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee respond to Speaker Peter Wellington's call for an inquiry into End of Life Choices. Dying with Dignity Qld president Sharon...

Let’s end the humiliation

Ken Attenborough’s mother died about 12 years ago as a result of a brain tumor, caused by melanoma. The suffering and humiliation his mother endured is not something he believes anyone should have to live through. “She was very weak after the chemo and the...