Australia Tag

Syme discusses “Time To Die” book

Dr Rodney Syme has a good discussion with Amanda Vanstone on ABC radio's Counterpoint program about his new book, ‘Time To Die’. Syme explains why he is a strong advocate for good palliative care, but why it is not enough to end all suffering at...

By her own hand

by Nikki Gemmell Helena wrote to me after my mother Elayn died, by her own hand, one bleak evening. My mum euthanised herself, by herself, in front of the telly – mindful that if she involved any of her children we’d be subjected to a police...

Rose’s Story and why the politicians won’t talk

Rose Tyburczy, suffered with Corticobasal degeneration (a rare, progressive neurodegenerative disease) and wanted to die. She had hoped that a change in the law in South Australia would allow her the choice of medical assistance to die. When the Death with Dignity Bill 2016 failed...

Dr Syme response to Inquiry Report

By Dr Rodney Syme The Victorian Upper House Committee of Inquiry into End of Life Choices produced an excellent report last year, which recommended that the government legislate for assisted dying with appropriate safeguards. The only disappointing aspect of the parliamentary report was the recommendation assistance...

New WA Premier supports VAD

In a landslide result, Western Australia has elected a new Labor Premier, Mark McGowan, who supports voluntary assisted dying legislation. McGowan's views on assisted dying were well known to the people of WA before the election. The outgoing Liberal Premier had been quoted as saying...

Judith will die her way

In the 1960s, smoking was the epitome of glamour and sophistication. “Back then there was this myth that if you gave up smoking, all the damage done would be gone in 12 months….I can tell you that’s not true.” Says Judith Daley, Director of DWD...

How many people are ending their lives in places where VAD is legal?

With the issue back in the headlines, federal Labor’s justice spokesperson, Clare O'Neil, told Q&A that in countries where the practice is legal, “very, very small” numbers of people use the laws. According to a peer-reviewed paper published last year in the respected journal JAMA:...

VCAT Ruling on Nembutal sets important precedent

Just before Christmas 2016, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) handed down a historic judgement in a case brought by the veteran advocate for assisted dying, Dr Rodney Syme. VCAT accepted Syme’s defence (that his supply of Nembutal to dying patients was a legitimate...

Debate on ABC Q&A Program

Panellists: philosopher Peter Singer; Shadow Minister for Justice (Labor) Clare O’Neil MP;  Senator Scott Ryan (Liberal); media and policy advisor Ted Lapkin; social scientist and sustainability expert, Dr Leyla Acaroglu. Transcript of ABC QandA 270217 questions related to VAD Watch extract of QandA program      ...

Dying with Dignity: it’s a no-brainer.

by Professor Ross Fitzgerald AM. Speech to the Port Macquarie group of Dying with Dignity NSW. Tuesday 21 February 2017. Ever since having seen my late mother suffer so much when all she wanted was to slip away peacefully, I have been a strong public advocate, for others...