Nembutal |Euthanasia Pill Useage

More Australians are taking their own lives with a drug recommended by euthanasia groups, including people aged in their teens, 20s and 30s. New data from the national coronial information system shows 120 people died by taking Nembutal – dubbed the ‘‘ peaceful pill’ ’ – between July 2000 and December 2012. The number of Read More…

A bitter pill: Nembutal

Ray Godbold knows what a bad death looks like, and he does not want that for himself or his loved ones. And so he wants that little brown bottle on the table. He wants control. Dr Rodney Syme nods. He knows only patients can judge when suffering becomes insufferable. Dr Syme has been helping people Read More…

Euthanasia Baby Boomers

Thousands of older people are investigating peaceful methods to end their own lives because they want to control the nature and timing of their death, says controversial euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke. The doctor said there was a developing trend of baby boomers and people over 70 wanting to avoid ‘‘ end of life medical nightmares’ Read More…

Right to die: Choosing an end to life

More people, terminally ill or not, are deciding how and when they want to die. Should this be a crime? The desperation of the dying is something Melbourne woman Catherine Ringwood knows intimately . Much of her adult life has been spent in its company, first as a nurse then later as a counsellor for Read More…

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…

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