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Registered Nurse: Some patients do suffer in the end

By Tara Nipe, a registered nurse, nursing academic, and Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Vic) project officer. The overwhelming majority of patients die well: without pain or agitation, with loved ones present or recently visited. But as even experts in the field acknowledge, a tiny number...

Catholic church mobilises against assisted dying in NSW

According to today's Sydney Morning Herald, Bishop Peter Comensoli, the designated spokesman for Catholic bishops on the voluntary assisted dying issue, has organised distribution of a petition to 26 parishes and more than 40 schools in his diocese of Broken Bay, covering Sydney's north shore,...

VAD improved doctor-patient relationship in Oregon

Dr Leigh Dolin was President of the Oregon Medical Association when the Death With Dignity Act was passed in 1997, making Oregon the first state in the US to legalise voluntary assisted dying. Dr Dolin has been closely involved in the introduction and administration of...

Our winter newsletter is out

Voluntary Assisted Dying is getting a lot of attention in the media at the moment, as campaigns in both Victoria and NSW are heating up. We expect bills to legalise assisted dying to be debated in September in both states. In the meantime, our opponents...

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...

Northern Tablelands supports proposed bill

In mid-July, Adam Marshall,  the NSW State MP for Northern Tablelands, asked the community to provide him with their thoughts on a proposal to be debated in Parliament that would allow terminally ill patients in NSW to voluntarily end their lives with medical assistance. To help the...

75% of cancer patients support access to assisted dying

More than 10,000 Australians who are living with, or survivors of, breast cancer contributed to a broad ranging survey commissioned by Breast Cancer Network Australia in the first half of 2017. year. Seventy five per cent of respondents said they were supportive of people having access...

Denton speech: Assistance to end suffering is a human right

Andrew Denton delivered a speech on Friday 21 July to the Monash University’s Castan Centre for Human Rights. His discussion of the need for voluntary assisted dying law was based upon the human rights codified under 'The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006...

‘Noosa Alive Festival’ Q&A with Rodney Syme and Shayne Higson

On Saturday 22 July at 10 am the University of the Sunshine Coast  partnered with NOOSA Alive – Festival of Thought to present 'EUTHANASIA Q&A: Assisted Dying Law' Description: Should the terminally ill have the right to end their own lives?  Should you be allowed to...

Victorian Premier to introduce VAD bill

Daniel Andrews, the Premier of Victoria, has just announced that "We will introduce a Bill to the Parliament to legalise voluntary assisted dying. We appointed a panel of experts to recommend the safest-possible model – and today, we accepted their recommendations in full. Now, let us...