Category: News

The Disability Experience

by William Peace, Bad Cripple, 2 December 2015 William Peace has a PhD in Anthropology with Distinction from Columbia University, and his research interests include the history of anthropology, body art and modification, bioethics, and disability studies. He is a member of the board of Not Dead Yet. For those who support assisted suicide legislation… Read more »

Parents – talk to your kids about mental health. Even if it’s awkward.

by Hannah Jane Parkinson, The Guardian, 1 December 2015 Young people are especially vulnerable in dealing with mental illness. Families need to be ready, willing and able to talk about it. There are many things it’s difficult to talk about with parents. Mental health, apparently, is one of them. Given that one in 10 young… Read more »

The right to die or the right to kill?

by Karen Hitchcock, The Monthly, December 2015 Dr Hitchcock reflects on her appearance with Andrew Denton on the ABC’s Q & A programme. Celebrity is our religion. Celebrities are our gurus, teaching us what to wear, what to buy, how to look and, now, what to think. They front campaigns for human rights and animal… Read more »

The Compassion & Choices California Playbook

by Phil Galewitz, USA Today, 14 November 2015 Personal stories will continue to make the difference in getting lawmakers’ support, said Barbara Coombs Lee, the group’s president. “Individual stories are always what move people because they think ‘Oh, but for the grace of God, go I,’” Coombs Lee said. “We have been so fortunate to have… Read more »

Chair of Belgian Right to die with dignity association referred to judiciary in death of healthy 85-year-old woman

by HOPE Australia, 29 October 2015 For the very first time since the Belgian euthanasia law was introduced in 2002, the Belgian Euthanasia Commission has referred a reported euthanasia case to the judiciary for review. It relates to the death of 85-year-old Simona de Moor, a physically healthy woman, whose story featured in a Dateline documentary aired in… Read more »

New Zealand ranked 3rd best in world for palliative care

by Care Alliance, 9 October 2015 New Zealand is the third best country in the world for palliative care, according to a new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit. The United Kingdom and Australia are ranked first and second respectively, and Ireland is fourth. The United States is ninth.The report considered data in five categories… Read more »

Most families are loving and caring. But sadly some are not.

by Baroness Ilora Finlay, President of the British Medical Association, The Economist, 22 June 2015 Jenny (not her real name) was a week or so short of her sixtieth birthday when she came into the hospice. She had advanced cancer and she, and her family, knew the end was close. And her family were devoted. Not… Read more »