Category: News

The hidden implications of assisted suicide and euthanasia

by Peter Hudson, The Age, 7 October 2017 The fact is, assisted suicide may simply add to the anxieties and pressures felt by families. While the specific role of family carers in the process of assisted suicide is relatively underexplored, some instances of post-traumatic distress disorder and depression in families who witness assisted suicide have been… Read more »

Assisted dying legislation creates different categories of human life

by Emma Dawson, The Age, 16 October 2017 Last month, Go Gentle released a short film designed to be “almost unwatchable” in its re-enactment of a man’s death, his unbearable suffering and that of his family. By relying on this horror show to make their argument, the wealthy, white, middle-aged folk behind Go Gentle are exploiting people’s… Read more »

Euthanasia: Doctors’ licence to kill limits aged-care options

by Angela Shanahan, The Australian, 21 October 2017 For all the talk of autonomy, euthanasia is giving doctors a ­licence to kill. Of course, we must ask ourselves how institutionalising this practice will affect the care of the disabled and particularly the frail aged. How far will it lead to a ­euthanasia mentality? ­Already doctors have… Read more »

I won’t intentionally help my patients to end their lives

by Marion Harris, The Age, 9 October 2017 The Australian Medical Association as well as most other international medical bodies do not support assisted dying laws. The American College of Physicians has this month published its position statement reaffirming its strong opposition to this practice on many levels. Even doctors who do support this are reluctant… Read more »

Legalise euthanasia, and compassionate society dies too

by Paul Kelly, The Australian, 1 October 2016 The justification for euthanasia lies in human rights, individual autonomy and relieving pain — all worthy ideas, and that may prompt the question: why then is euthanasia still opposed by most nations, most medical professional bodies around the world and the Australian Medical Association? The reason is not… Read more »

Doctors appeal to Vic MPs to vote down assisted dying bill

by Jane Lee, PM (ABC Radio), 16 October 2017 A number of doctors with patients nearing the end of their lives insist that an assisted dying scheme is dangerous and unnecessary, a day before the Victorian Parliament is set to debate a bill that could make it legal. The geriatric medicine and palliative care specialists… Read more »