Tag: assisted dying

I won’t intentionally help my patients to end their lives

by Marion Harris, The Age, 9 October 2017 The Australian Medical Association as well as most other international medical bodies do not support assisted dying laws. The American College of Physicians has this month published its position statement reaffirming its strong opposition to this practice on many levels. Even doctors who do support this are reluctant… Read more »

Doctors appeal to Vic MPs to vote down assisted dying bill

by Jane Lee, PM (ABC Radio), 16 October 2017 A number of doctors with patients nearing the end of their lives insist that an assisted dying scheme is dangerous and unnecessary, a day before the Victorian Parliament is set to debate a bill that could make it legal. The geriatric medicine and palliative care specialists… Read more »

The murky issue of whether the public supports assisted dying

by Katherine Sleeman, The Conversation, 6 October 2017. Katherine Sleeman is a NIHR Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine, King’s College London. Campaigners are often quick to highlight the strength of public support in favour of assisted dying, arguing that the current law is undemocratic. But there are reasons to question the results of polls on… Read more »

101 oncologists oppose assisted suicide legislation

Letter sent to Parliament of Victoria, 19 September 2017 We collectively represent a significant proportion of the oncology workforce in the state of Victoria. Physician assisted dying places people at risk of coercion that is both active and passive. As a consequence of assisted dying laws, society re-assesses the value of life; and the individual… Read more »

Words Matter

A blog post from HOPE: Preventing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, 4 September 2017 HOPE is a coalition of groups and individuals who oppose the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide and support measures that will make euthanasia and assisted suicide unthinkable.  Unmistakeably, [sic] in acts of euthanasia, the subject person’s life is ended by the… Read more »

Asia-Pacific Hospice Group Condemns ‘Assisted Dying’

by Cynthia Goh, Asia-Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network, 2 August 2017 Associate Professor Cynthia Goh is Chair of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network. Australia and New Zealand are acknowledged leaders in fostering palliative care development in the Asia Pacific region. In much of this region, pioneers are struggling to establish good end-of-life services in the… Read more »