Associations & Links

Information and resources

  • The Voluntary Euthanasia Party NSW  created to provide the choice and dignity that current legislation is denying the most vulnerable Australians.
  • Christians Supporting Choice for Voluntary Euthanasia – believe that, as a demonstration of love and compassion, those with a terminal or hopeless illness should have the option of a pain-free, peaceful and dignified death with legal voluntary euthanasia
  • Drs4vechoice.org – Doctors for Voluntary Euthanasia Choice
  • YourLastRight.com is the website of the national alliance set up in 2010 that brings together all Australian state and territory dying-with-dignity and voluntary euthanasia societies to deliver choice and dignity to Australians.
  • The World Federation of Right to Die Societies founded in 1980, consists of 46 right to die organizations from 26 countries.
  • Exit International is the pro-choice voluntary euthanasia/ assisted suicide organisation founded by Dr Philip Nitschke.
  • South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society (SAVES) belives that there are those among us whose personal circumstances and life perspective lead them to rationally consider a medically induced death and that it is wrong to deny that option in all circumstances: and voluntary euthanasia is a desperately needed emergency exit for some.
  • Western Australia Voluntary Euthanasia Society (WAVES) seeks to bring about changes to the law and to medical ethics to allow a person, suffering severe pain or distress with no reasonable prospect of recovery, to receive, with the proper safeguards, a painless medically assisted and dignified death in accordance with his or her expressed wishes.
  • Northern Territory Voluntary Euthanasia Society (NTVES) was formed in 1995 after the passage of Voluntary Euthanasia legislation in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. Marshall Perron’s Rights of the Terminally Ill Act (ROTI) was the world’s first VE legislation. It survived several appeals and became usable on 1 July 1996. Four people made use of ROTI before a private member’s bill in Federal Parliament in March 1997 took away the right of a territory parliament to make VE legislation. The States of Australia still have that right.
  • DyingForChoice.com was launched in June 2015 by Neil Francis (past President and CEO of Dying With Dignity Victoria) with the aim of providing up-to-date and evidence-backed information related to law reform for voluntary assisted dying.
  • Die-alogue Cafe  A not-for-profit, community-based think-tank based in Newcastle, Australia, that can connect visitors with the significant players in the natural death scene. Their site is a good reference point for relevant information and a safe place to talk about dying and death, ritual and remembrance.
  • LifeCircle engages organisations in the end of life arena to support people to live well, right to the end of life. LifeCircle delivers professional training to enable organisations to provide support to those caring at end of life. They provide on-line Help Sheets about the many issues you will face during the challenging role of being a carer for someone at end of life.
  • TARS – a NSW based community legal centre that protects the rights of older people. They provide telephone advice, advocacy, legal advice and educational services.
  • Over60 – the one-stop destination to keep Aussies over-60 in the know.

Dying with Dignity

  • ACT believes everyone deserves a peaceful death
  • NSW is an active law reform organisation pursuing a change in the law that will enhance self-determination and dignity at the end of life.
  • Queensland. believes that people should not be forced to endure severe distress against their wishes.
  • Tasmania seeks to achieve legislation that people should be entitled to a painless and dignified death.
  • Victoria is an active law reform and ‘self help’ organisation pursuing public policies and laws.

International

  • The association DIGNITAS To live with dignity-to die with dignity” was founded on 17 May J 998 at Forch (Zurich), Switzerland. Dignitas is run by a lawyer, Ludwig Minelli, who says he set up the organisation because he believes that if someone is terminally ill, it is their human right to die when they choose.
  • Voluntary Euthanasia Society of New Zealand seeks a change to the law to allow terminally ill patients, or those whose quality of life has diminished to an unacceptable extent, the right to a peaceful death with dignity at a time of their own choosing.
  • Dignity in Dying UK – are a national campaign and membership organisation with over 25,000 active supporters campaigning to legalise assisted dying, within upfront safeguards, for terminally ill, mentally competent adults.
  • Dying With Dignity Canada – are a national, member-based charity committed to helping people achieve quality in dying. We help people understand all end-of-life options and work for choice in dying for all Canadians.
  • Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organisation USA (ERGO) holds that voluntary euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, and self deliverance are all appropriate life endings depending on the individual medical and ethical circumstances.

Related

  • Beyond Blue is working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience
  • Lifeline  It is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. During the night they have an Online Live Chat service for confidential one-to-one internet chat with a Lifeline Online Crisis Supporter.
  • The Long Goodbye – On the eve of a dementia epidemic, three families reveal how love and humour can balance despair for those living The Long Goodbye, broadcast on ABC1 on Tuesday, April 12 2011.
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