Ageism and ableism: learnings from the COVID-19 crisis

A Perth grandmother who contracted COVID-19 and was marked “do not resuscitate,” contrary to her express wishes, has made a full recovery from the disease. Continue reading

“An early distasteful obligation”

Thirty years ago this year, Jack Kevorkian – the original “Dr Death” – undertook his first public assisted suicide.  In the eight years that followed, Kevorkian “helped” another 130 to take their lives. Continue reading

The ‘ugliness’ of euthanasia

The Coronavirus pandemic has plunged our world into darkness, with daily news of illness, death, and economic destruction. In the midst of seemingly never-ending bad news stories and alarming statistics, it is the stories of hope and sacrifice that shine ever more brightly. The best of what humans are and can achieve seems magnified when juxtaposed against such darkness. The heroic efforts of doctors, nurses, health professionals and so many other staff working tirelessly around the world is a witness to the sanctity of life, the importance of saving lives, and of using our time, skills and resources to care for the weak and vulnerable in our communities. Continue reading

“Trust me I’m a doctor”

Before euthanasia and assisted suicide were legalised in Victoria, we saw televised admissions from doctors that they had provided lethal drugs to numerous patients with the intention of causing death. At the time, it begged the question that if doctors did not respect existing laws which prohibited the aiding of suicide, why would anyone think that they would obey restrictions under a legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide scheme? Only someone naïve would think that certain doctors wouldn’t continue to take the law into their own hands. Continue reading

Euthanasia for “psychiatric conditions” increasing, while care is not

When data over many years of euthanasia practice is collated, a scary picture begins to emerge. Continue reading

Queensland health in crisis

The Queensland Parliament’s Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee released its report on aged care, end of life and palliative care in Queensland last week.  The report has revealed the enormity of the health challenges facing the state government in the coming years as the population ages. Continue reading

Key safeguard eliminated in Qld report

The Queensland Parliament’s Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee has released its report on euthanasia and assisted suicide. Continue reading

Every life matters

There has been a refreshing change in our public discourse in the past few weeks. In the wake of the devastating global pandemic gripping the whole world, and in the midst of incredible upheaval and suffering, we have collectively shifted our focus to the protection and care for the vulnerable, elderly and health impaired members of our communities in ways that have been not hitherto apparent or at the forefront of government policy. Continue reading

Only 1.6 beds per 1000 people: chaos in Oregon

The horrors of the COVID-19 virus has exposed the effect on the availability of health care in jurisdictions that have legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide. Continue reading

Coronavirus impacts Dutch death clinic

  “However harsh: euthanasia care cannot be identified as a top priority in health care.” Continue reading