Category: News

Legalising assisted dying is dangerous for disabled people. Not compassionate

by Liz Carr, The Guardian, 9 September 2016 Liz Carr – British comedian, broadcaster, activist and creator of Assisted Suicide: The Musical – marks World Suicide Prevention Day with an opinion piece highlighting the troubling inconsistency in attitudes towards suicide. If I said I wanted to die, the press, celebrities and the public would support… Read more »

Palliative care doctor shares highlights of working in Broken Hill

by Heather Wiseman, Palliative Care Australia, 6 September 2016 Ms Wiseman talks with Dr Sarah Denham, the sole palliative care doctor in Broken Hill, New South Wales, serving a population of 32,000 people spread across 195,000 km². I learned as an intern you can make a difference from the beginning, by learning good communication skills… Read more »

Dave Churchman is dying, but he’s facing it with a smile

by David Burroughs, Taranaki Daily News, 10 September 2016 Mr Burroughs reports on Dave Churchman, a 53-year old New Plymouth man with cancer. As the former owner/operator of New Plymouth’s House of Travel, he spent a number of hours raising money for Hospice Taranaki, which is now caring for him. “It’s one of those things… Read more »

They’re killing psychiatric patients in the Netherlands

by S. Kim et al, ‘Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide of Patients with Psychiatric Disorders in the Netherlands 2011 to 2014’, JAMA Psychiatry. 2016;73(4):362-368. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.2887. The authors reviewed 66 case summaries provided by Dutch regional euthanasia committees. Euthanasia or assisted suicide (EAS) of psychiatric patients is increasing in some jurisdictions such as Belgium and the Netherlands. However, little… Read more »

They’re killing psychiatric patients in Belgium

by Lieve Thienpont et al, ‘Euthanasia requests, procedures and outcomes for 100 Belgian patients suffering from psychiatric disorders: a retrospective, descriptive study’, BMJ Open 2015;5: e007454. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2014-007454 The authors of this study are involved in the euthanasia of psychiatric patients in Belgium. The study looks at the first 100 requests for euthanasia in the outpatient clinic… Read more »

Canadian lawyers want to expand “assisted dying” law

by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press, 12 August 2016 A quick recap: in February 2015 the Canadian Supreme Court ruled in the Carter case that a blanket ban against assisted suicide was ‘unconstitutional’ because it was ‘too broad’. The Canadian Parliament could have overridden that ruling, but chose instead to pass legislation this year to… Read more »

Euthanasia tourists, especially from France, flocking to Belgium for a lethal dose

by Ritwik Roy, International Business Times, 20 August 2016 Euthanasia tourists are flocking to Brussels to get a lethal dose. Doctors at hospitals and clinics at Belgium’s capital are seeing an increase in number of euthanasia tourists who are travelling from across the world to their accident and emergency rooms. As elective medical killings are… Read more »

Why 9NEWS uses the words assisted ‘suicide’

by Brandon Rittiman, KUSA, 19 August 2016 Colorado will be voting in November on an assisted suicide proposal. Local television station KUSA 9 News explains why they will be using the term “assisted suicide” in their coverage of the issue. Supporters of that law have asked 9NEWS not to call it assisted “suicide.” They’d rather we… Read more »

Confronting mortality and dying well

by Cathy O’Leary, The West Australian, 21 August 2016 Ms O’Leary tells the story of Naomi and Scott Blackwell. Ms Blackwell was diagnosed with cancer five years ago. Her husband Scott is a palliative care specialist who “was suddenly in the role of family carer, rather than doctor.” They chose doctors to treat Naomi who were on… Read more »