Category: News

Green Party demands review into mental health services

New Zealand Herald, 17 April 2016 The Green Party is demanding further investigation of mental health services in the wake of what it calls a “damning review” of the Waikato District Health Board’s psychiatric care. Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague said today, “Mental health services in DHBs are under-resourced and the minister’s slow erosion… Read more »

A letter to the hospice doctor who helped us to say goodbye

Anonymous, The Guardian, 26 March 2016 Over the next days, when on duty, you appear quietly in the room with an aura of respect for the sacred space we have created with flowers, cards and drawings by grandchildren. You never talk loudly to my father as if he is deaf or stupid. You also never… Read more »

Help the mentally ill. Don’t kill them.

by Denise Batters, National Post, 14 March 2016 Denise Batters QC is a Canadian Senator, whose husband committed suicide in 2009. She responds to a Canadian parliamentary report into physician-assisted suicide. The committee did not require that illness be terminal or life-threatening. It included psychological suffering as grounds for physician-assisted suicide — without any requirement… Read more »

Stop asking victims to protect themselves – report

RNZ News, 25 February 2016 The New Zealand independent Family Violence Death Review Committee has released its fifth report. In the 10 years to 2012, there were 312 family violence deaths in New Zealand. Domestic abuse charity Shine supports the call for agencies to take practical steps to make victims safe. Jill Proudfoot, who heads… Read more »

Canada: Report recommends euthanasia for dementia, for minors, for psychiatric conditions and without effective oversight

by Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, 25 February 2016 A joint committee of the Canadian Parliament has released its report on “Medical Assistance in Dying” (MAID) as part of the process of responding to the February 2015 Carter decision of the Supreme Court. That decision referred to “a competent adult person”, but the joint committee… Read more »

We need to hear Māori and Pacific voices on the euthanasia debate

by Mamari Stephens, e-Tangata, 21 February 2016 There’s been considerable debate within mainstream media outlets about euthanasia. I know this because Stuff has a tab under its “National” news page called “Euthanasia”. In my view, there’s considerable work being done to prepare the ground for David Seymour’s bill to be ushered into law, should it be drawn…. Read more »

How Oliver Sacks put a human face on the science of the mind

by Norman Doidge, Globe and Mail, 10 February 2016 Norman Doidge writes a long article about the remarkable life and dying of Dr Oliver Sacks, the renowned neurologist and author of Awakenings, “whose work and life remind us that humanity belongs at the heart of medicine”. In February, 2015, neurologist Oliver Sacks – arguably the… Read more »

Physician-assisted suicide a bad move for Colorado

by Michelle Stanford, The Coloradoan, 4 February 2016 Dr Stanford is a pediatrician in Colorado who opposed the introduction of an assisted suicide bill in her state. Regularly I see adolescent patients contemplating ending their life. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Colorado youth ages 10 to 24. Colorado has the seventh-highest suicide deaths… Read more »