Category: News

Care Alliance Welcomes Health Select Committee Report

Media Release, 23 November 2017 The legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide in Victoria, by the narrowest of margins, introduces an unsafe and unnecessary practice into the heart of their healthcare practice, says Dr Peter Thirkell, Spokesperson for the Care Alliance. Australian medical organisations have stated on numerous occasions that such laws are inherently unsafe,… Read more »

I want to care for people, not kill them

by Dr John Obeid, The Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2017 It is not uncommon for older patients approaching death or other patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness to go through a period of distress or depression as they strive to cope with their prognosis, the fear of the unknown and loss of their… Read more »

Palliative care experts warn NSW assisted dying bill ‘unsafe’

by Sean Nicholls, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 November 2017 Dr Frank Brennan said “too often the debate is characterised as a simple choice between suffering and choosing physician assisted suicide or euthanasia”. “A day of anguish may be followed by a day of calm,” he said. “To proceed with physician assisted suicide or euthanasia in a… Read more »

A message to Victorians on euthanasia

by Liz Carr, The Spectator, 17 August 2017 Liz Carr is a UK actor, comedian and disability rights activist perhaps best known as forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery in the BBC’s Silent Witness. Disability is fundamental in any discussion about assisted suicide: those high profile campaigns calling for a change to the law are almost always fronted… Read more »

Voluntary assisted dying bill defeated in NSW upper house

by Sean Nicholls, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 November 2017 The debate was opened by Labor health spokesman, Walt Secord, who acknowledged the “strong, emotional, compassionate desire behind [the bill]”. But he added: “I have not yet seen it possible to develop adequate legislative safeguards to protect people from the misuse of these laws.” “I have not… Read more »

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 »