Excruciating pain at the end of life is extremely rare. The evidence shows pain and other symptoms, such as fatigue, insomnia and breathing issues, actually improve as people move closer to death.
The NSW bill leaves significant questions unanswered, disquieting ethicists, lawyers and doctors.
While there are similarities in the general principles of palliative care provided to children and adults, there are also key differences.
When a person has a serious illness, palliative care aims to improve that person's quality of life.
One would think governments would do all they could to ensure palliative care is available to all who need it. This is not the case in Australia today.
More than 2,000 Canadians have chosen medical assistance in dying (MAID) since legalization in 2016. But palliative care doctors aren't embracing assisted suicide as part of their job.
The Victorian law provides if a child has made a valid advance directive including instructions to refuse a particular medical treatment, a health practitioner must not provide that treatment.
The high-profile Charlie Gard case could change the way end-of-life decisions play out around the world.
Public opinion, shifting views in the health profession and international trends allowing assisted dying mean it will be lawful in Australia at some point. But will it be lawful in Victoria soon?
Palliative care improves the quality of life for patients and families facing problems associated with life threatening illnesses.
Imagine this situation: a person has no medical illness but wishes to end his or her life purely because he or she no longer wishes to live. Should they be eligible for euthanasia or assisted suicide?
Discussing end-of-life care -helps patients, their families and their healthcare teams plan for the future and end of life care.
During a discussion on Q&A, author Nikki Gemmell said 80% of Australians and up to 70% of Catholics and Anglicans support euthanasia laws. Is that right?
There is a growing body of evidence available on how many people are using euthanasia and assisted dying laws in places where it is legal.
Euthanasia and palliative sedation are categorically distinct, so the notion that we can use the latter to achieve the former is untenable.
It is likely that, ironically, any legalisation of euthanasia in this country will actually hinder the care of those most in need.
Antipsychotic medications for delirium don't work and could harm, a new study shows. So what options are left?
At least one-third of patients receive non-beneficial treatments at the end of their life. Having a good advance care directive that you share with others helps them know and respect your wishes.
We found one third of patients near the end of their life received non-beneficial treatments in hospitals around the world. These included initiating chemotherapy and providing emergency surgery.
Why have Americans become more receptive to aid in dying, a practice that was rejected throughout the United States until Oregon changed course in 1997?