The Euthanasia Debate

It was good to read that beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett – while blasting Dr Philip Nitschke’s act of aiding an unhappy but apparently healthy man’s suicide – supports voluntary assisted dying for the terminally ill (Saturday Age, 5/7). The Dying With Dignity movement is about establishing strict rules and guidelines under which assisted dying can Read More…

Plan Ahead | Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

A Melbourne healthcare provider has become the national distributor of a unique end-of-life document that invites people of all ages to identify their emotional, spiritual and medical preferences in the event that they can no longer speak for themselves. Five Wishes Australia Succinct and narrative in style, Five Wishes Australia is accessible to anyone over Read More…

Five Wishes for a Dignified Death

A good death has no formula. Inevitability is the only shared truth. For some, it may be a no-fuss , painless drifting into another realm. Others might see it as a celebration: their favourite music ringing out in a room packed with loved ones. But as the debate around end-of life care intensifies , many Read More…

Euthanasia Group Fears Police Raids

Victorian members of a pro-euthanasia group fear police raids after warrants were executed across Australia over the importation of a lethal drug, according to group leader Dr Philip Nitschke. Two people, from Western Australia and Queensland, were charged with importing the illegal drug Nembutal, and state police have spoken to 10 others in WA, Queensland Read More…

Let there be no doubt, I will decide when I die

Let there be no doubt, I will decide when I die is an open letter written by Peter Short. I will die at the time I select. I respect those who believe it is better to hold on until the very end, whatever suffering that entails. Both paths are dignified. What is undignified is not Read More…

Denial of choice a denial of basic human rights

Much of the debate about end-of-life decisions refers to the “victimisation” of the elderly. This unfortunately continues the theme that older people cannot make clear, balanced, intelligent decisions about when and how their lives can come to an inevitable end. Older people aren’t children who need to be protected from themselves by other, more-enlightened individuals Read More…

A compassionate act that is part of the job

VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA I applaud Dr Percy Rogers in his telling of how he relieved his friend of a miserable death by doses of morphine (‘‘ He was on the bed gasping in terrible pain and looking for some relief’’ , 8/5/2014). Dr Rogers is a member of our medical group supporting legislation to permit legal Read More…

Death With Dignity

Victorians (Australian) will be able to instruct their doctors to not give them life prolonging treatment for possible future illnesses, under a state government push to allow people to die with dignity. As a condition of hospital funding, patients will now be encouraged to create “advance care plans” setting out the kind of medical care Read More…

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