Category: News

Making Victoria’s euthanasia laws: a process to be shunned

by Robert Clark, The Spectator Australia, 7 December 2017 Regrettably, in Victoria, for many MPs, responsibility was overborne by politics.  The drive to implement the Parliamentary Committee’s recommendation on “voluntary assisted dying” came from a Premier seeking to reposition his party on the political spectrum and to revive his waning popularity, who then used every… Read more »

Care Alliance Welcomes Upcoming Debate on EOLC Bill

Care Alliance Press Release, 13 December 2017 The Care Alliance welcomes the upcoming debate about euthanasia and assisted suicide in New Zealand following the decision by MPs to move David Seymour’s End of Life Choice bill through to Select Committee. “We look forward to a full and robust consultation,” says Care Alliance spokesperson Dr Peter… Read more »

Watching my uncle die – and his mood swings – confirmed my opposition to euthanasia

by Mike Yardley, Stuff, 5 December 2017 It’s the unintended consequences of allowing euthanasia that particularly perturb me, whereby shifting societal values would make seniors and the disabled increasingly feel like a financial and emotional burden, and obliged to seek termination. Such coercion might be undetectable, but how can you possibly safeguard against it? David Seymour is welcome to… Read more »

Care Alliance Welcomes Health Select Committee Report

Media Release, 23 November 2017 The legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide in Victoria, by the narrowest of margins, introduces an unsafe and unnecessary practice into the heart of their healthcare practice, says Dr Peter Thirkell, Spokesperson for the Care Alliance. Australian medical organisations have stated on numerous occasions that such laws are inherently unsafe,… Read more »

I want to care for people, not kill them

by Dr John Obeid, The Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2017 It is not uncommon for older patients approaching death or other patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness to go through a period of distress or depression as they strive to cope with their prognosis, the fear of the unknown and loss of their… Read more »

Palliative care experts warn NSW assisted dying bill ‘unsafe’

by Sean Nicholls, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 November 2017 Dr Frank Brennan said “too often the debate is characterised as a simple choice between suffering and choosing physician assisted suicide or euthanasia”. “A day of anguish may be followed by a day of calm,” he said. “To proceed with physician assisted suicide or euthanasia in a… Read more »

A message to Victorians on euthanasia

by Liz Carr, The Spectator, 17 August 2017 Liz Carr is a UK actor, comedian and disability rights activist perhaps best known as forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery in the BBC’s Silent Witness. Disability is fundamental in any discussion about assisted suicide: those high profile campaigns calling for a change to the law are almost always fronted… Read more »

Voluntary assisted dying bill defeated in NSW upper house

by Sean Nicholls, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 November 2017 The debate was opened by Labor health spokesman, Walt Secord, who acknowledged the “strong, emotional, compassionate desire behind [the bill]”. But he added: “I have not yet seen it possible to develop adequate legislative safeguards to protect people from the misuse of these laws.” “I have not… Read more »

It’s not all about death: conversations with patients in palliative care

by Matthew Grant, The Conversation, 3 November 2017 Yet working in palliative care involves surprisingly little immediate dying. Yes we work with people who have incurable illnesses, but their prognoses vary between weeks, months and even years. And we see other patients potentially being cured but who experience significant side effects from treatment. Click here… Read more »