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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 face of little political and financial support. Eighty percent of the world’s dying has little or no access to morphine for pain relief.

The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand have been ranked as the top three countries worldwide in the 2015 Economist Quality of Death Index. The eyes of the world are on these nations and on how they discharge their responsibilities to dying people.

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This was also reported on by Living and Dying Well, a think tank based in the United Kingdom that explores the complexities surrounding the debate on ‘assisted dying’ and other end-of-life issues.

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Elder abuse on the rise in step with galloping property prices

by Graham Hill, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 August 2017

Dr Graham Hill is the chairman of National Legal Aid, the peak body representing legal aid commissions in all states and territories.

Growing numbers of older people are being pressured by adult children to guarantee enormous loans.

The pressure on older people can be immense. Adult children sometimes deny access to grandchildren if an elderly parent does not agree to be a guarantor or provide funds for a home deposit.

The boom in property prices has resulted in a spike in the numbers of adult children taking over an elderly parent’s home and refusing to move out. At times, rising house prices result in an adult child persuading an elderly parent to sell up and buy a home with them.

Vulnerable parents are unable to free themselves of an abusive son or daughter who insists on living rent-free. 

This is also an increasing problem across the Tasman, where it was reported in New Zealand earlier this year that increasing numbers of elderly being abused.

Age Concern statistics show about 75 per cent of alleged abusers were family members – more than half the alleged abusers were adult children or grandchildren.

Family situations were often complex and elderly people relied on the care of the abuser, so instead of reporting the abuse, they put up with it, Clare said.

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