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A behind the scenes look at Liz Carr’s Suicide the Musical

by Joe Turnbull, Disability Arts Online, 16 October 2015 Sometimes you’ve just got to laugh – and clap and sing along. British comedian (and disability rights activist) Liz Carr is working on a new show: Assisted Suicide The Musical. Musical theatre has become a metaphor in the piece, it’s almost a character in its own … Read more »

Campaign for ‘last wish’ pills

Southland Times, 8 January 2016 The Dutch Society for a Voluntary End Of Life is now campaigning for suicide pills to become available automatically to everybody over 70 on the basis of a request to a doctor or pharmacist. Doctors are concerned that medically assisted killing is increasingly seen as a consumer right and they… Read more »

Matthew Parris: Some day soon we’ll all accept that useless lives should be ende

by Matthew Parris, The Spectator, September 2015 Matthew Parris – the London-based writer and commentator, and regular Radio New Zealand correspondent – is an advocate of legalising assisted suicide. His ideas are worth sharing because he makes explicit the threat to vulnerable people – the elderly, the disabled, the poor – who in his view take more than they… Read more »

Thinking again about palliative care

by Karen Hitchcock, The Monthly, July 2014 Australian doctor Karen Hitchcock reflects on the end of life experience of her grandmother. We seek ways to make things in the last months and years neat and pre-determined and (dare I say it) cost-effective. But no algorithm or flow chart can accommodate the messy intricacies of dying…. Read more »

University of Auckland researcher to speak at Euthanasia 2016 conference

by Matthew Jansen, Care Alliance, 6 January 2016 University of Auckland researcher Dr Pam Oliver will speak at the Euthanasia 2016 conference in Amsterdam in May this year. Dr Oliver is scheduled to speak about ‘Improving the legislation to reduce barriers to assisted dying’. Dr Oliver and her colleague Dr Phillipa Malpas were at the… Read more »

Matt Vickers to speak at Euthanasia 2016 conference

by Matthew Jansen, Care Alliance, 5 January 2016 Matt Vickers will speak at the Euthanasia 2016 conference in Amsterdam in May this year. Mr Vickers is scheduled to speak in the ‘Campaign’ programme of the conference alongside George Eighmey from Oregon. Mr Eighmey, a former Oregon House Representative and director of Compassion & Choices, sparked… Read more »

Lessons I learned about life from my mother’s early death

by Gary Younge, The Guardian, 31 December 2015 Gary Younge’s mother died suddenly and unexpectedly aged 44 when he was 19-years old. He reflects on the “three valuable lessons I would probably never have learned without her untimely death”: that life is short and precarious; that you only get one life, and while it might be short,… Read more »

Philip Nitschke says people don’t need to be sick to seek voluntary euthanasia

by Christopher Walsh, NT News, 28 December 2015 At least Philip Nitschke is honest and consistent. Wrong, but honest and consistent. Dr Nitschke said he bel­ieved any legislative changes to permit voluntary euthanasia should include everybody and not just the terminally ill. “I think it’s a mistake to not talk about this growing social phenomenon and… Read more »