Category: News

It’s not all about death: conversations with patients in palliative care

by Matthew Grant, The Conversation, 3 November 2017 Yet working in palliative care involves surprisingly little immediate dying. Yes we work with people who have incurable illnesses, but their prognoses vary between weeks, months and even years. And we see other patients potentially being cured but who experience significant side effects from treatment. Click here… Read more »

Only one certainty if we make assisted suicide legal

by Dominic Perrottet, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 November 2017 It’s got me wondering: if NSW or Victoria did cross that threshold, would news organisations continue to include the same potentially life-saving referral to suicide-prevention services in their reports? Or will that footnote need to be updated, with one message for those whose deaths the publishers wish… Read more »

What It’s Like to Learn You’re Going to Die

by Jennie Dear, The Atlantic, 2 November 2017 For many patients with terminal diseases, Coyle has observed, this awareness precipitates a personal crisis. Researchers have given it other names: the crisis of knowledge of death; an existential turning point, or existential plight; ego chill. It usually happens as it did with my mother, close to when… Read more »

Five common myths about palliative care and what the science really say

by Anna Collins, The Conversation, 2 November 2017 Palliative care is delivered by a multidisciplinary team of experts, such as social workers, counsellors, nurses and volunteers, who are trained to respond to the needs of people with serious illness. Palliative care is available at any stage of serious illness. Palliative care can be helpful and is… Read more »

Euthanasia debate enters Vic’s upper house

Sky News Australia, 2 November 2017 Support for the Victorian government’s controversial assisted dying laws are on a knife’s edge, as debate is due to start in the upper house. Debate on the laws is scheduled for the upper house on Thursday and needs 21 votes to pass. It’s so far attracted about 20. Click… Read more »

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 »