Palliative Care Tag

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‘Fade to black’: Peter Short’s legacy

The documentary 'Fade to Black' is coming to Australian cinemas this August. It will be taken on a nationwide tour with screenings in every capital city followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker Jeremy Ervine and a selection of special guests. The NSW screenings are: Thursday 3 August 1 pm and 6.30 pm...

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Palliative care and VAD are not mutually exclusive

Andrew Denton has written a piece for The Australian entitled 'The dying deserve a compassionate choice when palliative care fails'. Amongst many compelling points, Denton says "The late Clive Deverall, founder of Palliative Care WA, wrote about this last year...

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Speak to your MP about VAD – Sydney forum

On Thursday 13 July, 2017 at 6pm - 7:30pm a forum was held in the NSW Parliament House Theatre to discuss the final draft of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (draft 21!) which will be presented to the Upper House in the second sitting week...

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Mary wants to be able to enjoy her last days

Mary Klein, a retired journalist and artist, lives with her wife of 37 years, Stella Dawson, and their dog in Washington, D.C.. Klein has advanced ovarian cancer and supports the bill which legalised medical aid in dying in Washington DC. Mary and Stella have just featured...

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Jen Barnes leads Victorian petition

Jen Barnes is a Victorian nurse of 40 years, who is dying of brain cancer. Jen and her husband Ken, like 75% of Victorians, want a voluntary assisted dying law. Jen has said: "I’ve seen a lot of deaths and some of them have been far...

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Palliative care pioneer’s death was a message

75-year-old Clive Deverall, took his life on March 11 after suffering for two decades from a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. As head of the Cancer Council of WA for more than two decades and a former President of ­Palliative Care WA, Deverell was on...

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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...

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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...

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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...