An Open Letter to the Members of Parliament by Australian Palliative Care Professionals

We, the undersigned Australian Palliative Medicine professionals, do not support the introduction of medically assisted suicide or euthanasia in the states of Victoria and New South Wales. We are also writing to address claims made about Palliative Care by assisted suicide advocates, including Mr Andrew Denton, to the public and in the media. We do not intend this response as an attack on Mr Denton, and wish him well with a good recovery in his present illness. Continue reading

Assisted Suicide Poses Disturbing Threat to Disabled Community

Legislation to sanction euthanasia has been introduced in Victoria and New South Wales, and the inevitable effects upon the disabled community are disturbing. Continue reading

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill: the Death Toll for the Poor & Disabled

Despite what politicians claim, most opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide is not rooted in religious ideology – it’s rooted in opposition to the legalisation of killing, and the inability to provide sufficient safeguards to ensure society’s most vulnerable are not put at risk. Continue reading

Health Professionals Say NO

From all around Australia, 383 health professional have signed a statement rejecting assisted suicide and euthanasia, reaffirming the role of doctors, nurses and allied health as saving lives and providing real care and support for those who are suffering. ​ Read their statement below: Continue reading

Leading academic dismisses Victorian committee report and the Ministerial Advisory Panel report on assisted suicide as “deeply flawed” and “superficial”

Professor John Keown, a leading researcher and writer on international euthanasia practice and ethics, has slammed the End of Life Choices report from the Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee as well as the subsequent Ministerial Advisory Panel’s final report were both “seriously  flawed”. Continue reading

High Court upholds ban on assisted suicide as good public policy

On 5 October 2017 the High Court of Justice in England dismissed a claim by Noel Conway seeking to carve out an exception to the law prohibiting all assisted suicide. Continue reading

Dangers of assisted suicide: the latest data from the State of Washington

Washington State’s Death With Dignity Act, based on Oregon’s, came into operation on 9 March 2009. The latest annual report with data from 2016 was published in September 2017. This latest data confirms that once assisted suicide is legalised use of it increases from year to year, seemingly without limit. Continue reading

Beware: doctors cannot tell when a patient will die

In any profession, mistakes will be made – it’s human nature. However, when doctors estimate patients’ life expectancy, mistakes treated as truth can have grave consequences. For some, there is no “live and learn”. Continue reading

American College of Physicians reaffirms opposition to assisted suicide laws

On 19 September 2017, just two days before assisted suicide bills (euphemistically called Voluntary Assisted Dying bills) were introduced respectively into the New South Wales Legislative Council and the Victorian Legislative Assembly, the American College of Physicians published its updated position paper on Ethics and the Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide in its prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine. Continue reading

Dangers of euthanasia: the latest data from the Netherlands

Every five years, Statistics Netherlands publishes data on deaths by “medical end-of-life decision”. The latest data reports on all deaths in the Netherlands in 2015. In that year, there were 7254 deaths caused intentionally by lethal medication – 6672 deaths by euthanasia with a request; 431 deaths by euthanasia with no explicit request; and 150 deaths by assisted suicide. Continue reading