Doctors & Nurses Tag

Dr Owler advocates for VAD to National Press Club

Profesor Brian Owler, Neurosurgeon and the immediate past federal president of the Australian Medical Association, gave the address to the National Press Club on 12 October 2017. He spoke about voluntary assisted dying and, more specifically, the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (2017).  Amongst other things, Profesor...

Doctors speak out on assisted dying

Professor Rufus Clarke (pictured), from Doctors Supporting Assisted Dying Choice, refutes claims made by the current Australian Medical Profession (AMA) President, Dr Michael Gannon in a recent article in the Huffington Post. Professor Clarke's article included the following: "As doctors we are committed to the wellbeing of...

Her husband asked her to “end it”

As a nurse of 23 years and paramedic of 19 years, Jenny Moncur said she encounters about half a dozen cases each year where people with a terminal illness take their own lives. "Often it is lonely, painful, done violently and sometimes not very successfully,...

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...

Oregonians still satisfied with their law after 20 years

The Oregon assisted dying law has been providing comfort at the end of life to Oregonians for 20 years. Their Death with Dignity Act officially took effect on October 27, 1997. According to the Death with Dignity National Center “the simple fact is that the Act works...

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...

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...