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Restoring Territory Rights Bill second reading

Senator Leyonhjelm, the Sponsor of the Restoring Territory Rights (Assisted Suicide Legislation) Bill 2015 spoke during the Second Reading on 16/2/17: “My bill would not automatically make assisted suicide legal in the territories but it would overturn the Andrews bill and allow the parliaments of...

Religious conservatives – opposing your right to choose

Blog by Neil Francis Dying for Choice. com A case in point is a massive advertisement published in both of Melbourne’s daily newspapers in 2008 when Victorian MLC Colleen Hartland introduced the Medical Treatment (Physician Assisted Dying) Bill into the State legislature. It was an open letter...

Prof Maddocks: Palliative care and VAD

By Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks, an eminent Australian palliative care specialist and Senior Australian of the Year in 2013. Experience from countries that have legalised VAD suggests that requests for VAD for those who have major suffering in terminal illness will be few in number. Palliative...

Dr Edelman: They said my dad wouldn’t suffer, but he did

By Dr Sarah Edelman President of Dying with Dignity NSW Although he was in one of the best palliative care facilities in Melbourne, dying was a slow, cruel process. Since that time three more bills seeking to legalise assisted dying (in NSW, Tasmania and South Australia) have...

NSW VAD bill in final stages

A NSW cross-party working group is finalising draft assisted dying legislation that it intends to release for public consultation as early as next month. The working group is comprised of Nationals MLC Trevor Khan, Greens MLC Mehreen Faruqi, Labor MLC Lynda Voltz, Liberal MP Lee...

Widow says its hard to travel to Zurich for VAD

[caption id="attachment_8579" align="alignleft" width="300"] Angelika Elliott with her husband John in Zurich, where Dr Elliott chose to end his life in 2007. Photo: Kate Geraghty[/caption] It was ten years ago on Sunday that Angelika Elliott left Sydney for Switzerland with her terminally ill husband, John, so...

Vale Sally Crossing

On 28 December 2016, Sally Crossing AM (nee Fletcher) died with her family around her. In 1995, at the age of 49, Crossing had been diagnosed with early breast cancer and was treated with surgery and radiotherapy. In 2004 Crossing's breast cancer reappeared and tumours...

VCAT rules in favour of Dr Syme

Dying With Dignity Victoria are delighted by the recent ruling in Dr Rodney Syme's VCAT case, where he fought against a condition placed on his medical license by the Medical Board of Australia in relation to counselling that he was providing to a Victorian man....

Victorian VAD ministerial advisory panel appointed

The Victorian government this week appointed a ministerial advisory panel that will help guide the government as it drafts legislation in coming months. The group will be chaired by former Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler, a trained neurosurgeon who is seen as a strong...

Our current under-the-radar decision making

By Jan Caro Usually the increase in pain relief is agreed to, in a coded fashion, by both the relatives and medical practitioners tending to the dying person.The group we never consider are those who grieve. And those are the people who – in desperate circumstances...