Western Australia Tag

WA supporters welcome assisted dying recommendation

Hundreds of supporters rallied outside Parliament House on Thursday 23 August 2018 to hear the recommendations from the Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices. The cross-party parliamentary committee has recommended the WA Government legalise voluntary assisted dying for people 'experiencing grievous and irremediable suffering...

ABC Foreign Correspondent: David Goodall ‘On His Own Terms’

Local and international media have been fascinated by the story of the 104 year old scientist from Western Australia who travelled to Switzerland to end his life in May 2018. Professor David Goodall was as an academic, researcher and author in a career that spanned 75 years. He was not...

Our Winter Newsletter is full of Australian and overseas news

If we thought 2018 was going to be a quiet year then we were mistaken. The issue of voluntary assisted dying is a hot topic across Australia and around the world. There has been a great deal of media and many developments to keep abreast...

Goodall’s death and the fears of many elderly Australians

Local and international media were fascinated by the story of the 104 year old scientist from Western Australia who travelled to Switzerland to end his life in May 2018. [caption id="attachment_12250" align="alignright" width="400"] Dr David Goodall, described as Australia's oldest working scientist, has produced more than 100 research papers,...

WA politicians aren’t listening to their voters

On 9 April 2018 Neil Francis (pictured) gave evidence to the WA Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices that more than 75 per cent of Liberal and National voters support voluntary assisted dying but their local MPs are more likely to vote against the will...

WA Police Union President says VAD would reduce Police trauma

Data provided by State Coroner Rosalinda Fogliani to the Parliament of Western Australia Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices revealed that a person with a terminal or debilitating illness takes their own life every nine days in WA. Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told the commitee the...

Our Autumn newsletter has the latest news from across Australia

2017 was a big year for the voluntary assisted dying campaign in NSW and this newsletter includes or plans for 2018 and 2019. Read about what you can do now to help maintain the momentum that is building up across Australia and in many jurisdictions...

WA Premier hopes for a vote on assisted dying during 2018

The Western Australian Joint Select Committee of the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council has reportedly received more than 680 submissions. President of Dying With Dignity WA, Murray Hindle (pictured), said “The parliamentary inquiry here has the great advantage of all the data that was gathered in Victoria, both...

Palliative care and VAD 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...