VCAT rules in favour of Dr Syme
Dying With Dignity Victoria are delighted by the recent ruling in Dr Rodney Syme’s VCAT case, where he fought against a condition placed on his medical license by the Medical Board of Australia in relation to counselling that he was providing to a Victorian man. The final report on the case released by VCAT is an interesting read, frankly detailing the work that Dr Syme does in counselling people who are suffering from terminal or advanced incurable illnesses as they near the end of their lives.
Click for pdf of article “Doctor who prescribes lethal drugs to dying patients ‘not a risk to public'” – Doctor-who-prescribes-lethal-drugs-to-dying-patients-The-Age-201216
Click to download Final VCAT Report: Syme-v-Medical-Board-of-Australia-Review-and-Regulation-2016-VCAT-2150
There was also a lot of good media on this topic before VCAT made its decision on Syme’s case:
Click for PDF of SMH Article 17/11/16 – Article SMH 171116 Euthanasia advocate Rodney Syme challenges medical board over assisted death
Following is a very good report from Channel 10’s The Project on 22 November 2016. It includes short interviews with Greens Leader Richard di Natale, widow, Elizabeth Short, and an extended interview with Dr Rodney Syme on one of the days that he appeared before VCAT to challenge the order made by The Medical Board of Australia. Dr Syme explained that he has taken his case to VCAT to create transparency and clarify the law regarding end-of-life care. “It’s not satisfactory to have medical practice at the end of life being conducted in a vague, uncertain way… If you don’t protect doctors in trying to help people with the end-of-life suffering, who do you think suffers? The patients, not the doctor.”