Palliative Care Tag

Sue Jensen: My life, my choice

Sue Jensen is 60 years old and has oesophageal cancer, which has spread to her lungs. With Voluntary Assisted Dying bills now in the Parliaments of Victoria and NSW, Sue Jensen spoke to ABC Lateline's Emily Stewart: "I'm putting my voice out there because there's three...

Why the Victorian Premier changed his mind on assisted dying law

When Daniel Andrews was elected as Premier of Victoria in 2014 he was a devout Catholic, who was personally opposed to voluntary assisted dying, as was his Catholic deputy, James Merlino. A year and a half later, his beloved father, Bob Andrews died from cancer. On...

Palliative care and assisted dying are not mutually exclusive

Professor Julian Savulescu (pictured, Visiting Professor in Biomedical Ethics and Law, Melbourne University, University of Oxford) provided a piece for The Conversation 'Sex versus death: why marriage equality provokes more heated debate than assisted dying' 18 October 2017, which includes the following interesting observations: "One major...

Andrew Denton and Nia Sims want to “Stop The Horror”

[caption id="attachment_10756" align="alignright" width="285"] Nia Sims with Victorian Health Minister, Jill Hennessy and the VAD bill.[/caption] Nia Sims, 43, has been living with a severe form of the rare autoimmune disease scleroderma since she was 23. Nia was initially told it was likely she would die within...

Dr McPhee: Having choice enables me to embrace my life now

Diagnosed at 59 with stage four Sezary syndrome, a rare form of cancer, Dr McPhee underwent several rounds of treatment, including a bone marrow transplant, and at one point suffered multiple organ failure. Half of all patients die within five years of diagnosis of Sezary...

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...

Assisted dying law improves California’s end-of-life care

Physicians across California say that since the introduction of the End Of Life Option Act 2016 conversations that health workers are having with patients are leading to patients’ fears and needs around dying being addressed better than ever before. They say the law has improved...