Category: News

Unequal Lives, Unequal Deaths


by Sunita Puri, New York Times, 20 January 2016 Dr Puri is a palliative care physician working in the poorer districts of South Los Angeles: a place where “people die an average of 10 years earlier than those who live less than 10 miles away.” Death may be humanity’s great equalizer, but the inequalities suffered… Read more »

Reflections On A Moving Story


by Matthew Jansen, Kiwiblog guest post, 20 January 2016 Kiwiblog (which had written sympathetically about an elderly Australian couple who completed a pre-determined suicide last year) provided Matthew Jansen, Secretary of the Care Alliance, with an opportunity to put a different perspective of what the story meant. The international experience in Oregon, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland is… Read more »

A thank you letter to David Bowie from a palliative care doctor


by Mark Taubert, BMJ Blogs, 15 January 2016 Mark Taubert is a palliative care doctor in Cardiff. He writes about what David Bowie’s music means to him, and how he talked about Bowie’s death with one of his patients. So back to the conversation I had with the lady who had recently received the news that… Read more »

Eight Reasons To Oppose Assisted Suicide


With just two weeks left to make a submission to the Health Select Committee’s investigation of the factors that contribute to the desire to end one’s life, please consider the eight reasons to oppose assisted suicide: Legal safeguards cannot protect the vulnerable from euthanasia abuses. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are the ultimate tool for elder… Read more »

An Open Letter to All Healthcare Professionals


by Naomi Barrow, Huffington Post, 14 January 2016 Thank you to the nurses who looked after Mum. Thank you for affording her so much dignity right up until her final day. Thank you for always being so cheerful and chatty, no matter if we were your first or tenth family of the day. Thank you… Read more »

UK: Patients at end of life face a postcode lottery doctors warn


by Andrew Gregory, Daily Mirror, 14 January 2016 Ensuring everyone has access to high-quality palliative care when they need it is not easy, but it is essential. We can, and should, always strive to do better. A review of end of life care services in the United Kingdom (conducted by the British Medical Association and social research agency… Read more »

Assisted Suicide Bill Dies in New Jersey Senate


by Diane Coleman, Not Dead Yet, 13 January 2016 Not Dead Yet, the American disability rights group that opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide, is celebrating the failure of an Oregon-type bill to pass in New Jersey. “A bi-partisan group of New Jersey Senators took the time to listen to the disability-rights community and to understand… Read more »

New suicide prevention resource from the Mental Health Foundation


Mental Health Foundation, 2 December 2015 The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has released its newest resource – Are you worried someone is thinking of suicide? Advice for families, whānau and friends. “We all have a role to play in preventing suicide,” MHF chief executive Judi Clements says. “Family and friends are often the first to notice… Read more »