The Victorian assisted dying laws are based on those in Oregon, which are quite conservative. Laws in the Netherlands, Belgium and Canada are more relaxed.
The high-profile Charlie Gard case could change the way end-of-life decisions play out around the world.
Decriminalisation is important as it signals to the community that abortion is part of gynaecological care and should not be treated differently to any other form of health care.
From today, more people conceived with donor sperm or eggs in Victoria will have the legal right to know details about their donor – even if the donation was made anonymously.
A Victorian legal precedent of how Nembutal can be used during palliative care provides more options for doctors to help their dying patients.
The guidelines don't go far enough to clarify what to do in the case of refusals by children.
A UK court has allowed a 14-year-old girl's body to be frozen until doctors find a cure for the cancer that killed her. Is this latest example of cryogenics hope, hype or hell?
The law should allow greater communication between health professionals, families and carers even if this impacts on patients’ rights of confidentiality.
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.
Harsh tales of mothers and fathers thrust into the court system as they seek the best treatment for a sick child are a warning.
The rise of personalised medicine, which is mainly based on genetic testing, needs adequate regulation so privacy rights aren't breached. That's only one of several issues that must be considered.
Decades have passed and yet the issue of financial compensation for the remaining "survivors" of the thalidomide tragedy has, in many instances, remained unresolved.