Palliative Care Tag

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Family release heartbreaking photos of mother begging to die

Flora Lormier died at home on 12 December 2016, aged 68. “We were all around her when she passed but it wasn’t peaceful.” Her daughter, Tracey Taylor, said the end came much too late - “My mum used to love her life. She’d get in...