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In reply to supporters of the End of Life Choice Bill

Originally published in New Zealand Doctor, February 2018 by Rosalie Evans   I agree that all doctors should read the End of Life Choice Bill. However, unlike Dr Havill et al, I do not believe it is inevitable that this bill will become law, writes GP Rosalie Evans. Dr Havill et al “cherry-picked” a few submissions to the health select committee which promoted a change in the law, as evidence for their viewpoint Far more jurisdictions have rejected moves to legalise euthanasia …Read More

Nurses’ unique perspectives on end-of-life choices must be heard

Originally published in Nursing Review, February 2018 by Taumihau Teremoana The outcome of last year’s government inquiry into assisted dying left me both hopeful and disappointed that as a society we have not addressed alleviating suffering effectively. The inquiry’s decision not to recommend law changes allowing legalised assisted dying was welcomed by Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand and Hospice NZ. Though the concept of suffering is complex much can be said from …Read More

The Alarming Trend Of Bullying Hospitals And Hospices Into Assisted Suicide

Originally published by Huffpost, January 2018 by Dr Will Johnston Canadians who are sick and suicidal can now be put to death under various medicalized and government-approved protocols, following court and legislative victories by euthanasia activists. These activists are now turning their considerable talents to a coercive makeover of the palliative hospice movement by demanding that hospices founded on a promise to never deliberately hasten death should provide a death-hastening service. …Read More

Terry Sarten: Quality end-of-life care should be nation’s priority

Originally published in The New Zealand Herald, 21 January 2018 By Terry Sarten The current debate around proposed legislation that will allow for assisted dying, euthanasia and the right to die is a deeply profound distraction that suits politicians well. It is simply palliative legislation. The definition of the term palliative includes the words “relieving the pain without dealing with the cause of the condition”. The legislation as it stands …Read More

We do not like to talk about death – but that doesn’t make euthanasia the answer

Originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 November 2017 By Richard Chye   One of the hallmarks of the euthanasia debate so far – in NSW and Victoria – has been the determination of its proponents to depict any opposition as being based purely on religion. So, before I go on, perhaps it would help to make the following clear. I am not religious. I do not follow a …Read More

Euthanasia laws: the true implications

Originally published in The Spectator Australia, 28 November 2017 By John Buchanan   The “voluntary Assisted dying” legislation appears set to pass both lower and upper houses in Victoria. However, let us call it “assisted suicide and euthanasia legislation”, because that is what it is. One of the problems with this whole debate has been with the corruption of language. The aim of language changes has been to try to …Read More

A doctor’s view: ‘I do not support legalising assisted dying’

Originally published in Stuff, 1 February 2016   Dear Stuff community, As a doctor, I do not support legalising assisted dying. I recognise that people on both sides of this debate have compassion for people who are suffering and want to help them. The main difference in opinion is the way in which we think our society and government should go about that. We all value autonomy/choice, although I would …Read More

Care Alliance Highlights Folly of Victoria Euthanasia Decision

Originally published on The Care Alliance website, 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, and in the words of the Australian Medical Association mark …Read More

Palliative care experts warn NSW assisted dying bill ‘unsafe’

Originally published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 November 2017 By Sean Nicholls Palliative care professionals have presented a united front against proposed voluntary assisted dying legislation on the eve of debate in the NSW Parliament, declaring the bill “cannot be made safe”. The NSW upper house is set to debate laws that would make it legal for terminally ill NSW residents aged 25 or over and expected to die …Read More

APHN statement on our stand against the deliberate ending of life

The Asia Pacific Hospice and Palliative Care Network promotes access to good-quality hospice and palliative care for all in the Asia Pacific region. We value every moment of life and do not support any action that has the intention of shortening a person’s life. Restoring dignity and enhancing quality of life is the basis of palliative care. We do not support the deliberate ending of life and we view with …Read More