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Victoria’s Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury and Finance Mr Daniel Mulino voted against the state’s assisted dying bill. JOE CASTRO/AAP Imagine

Four reasons Victorian MPs say ‘no’ to assisted dying, and why they’re misleading

The main arguments used by those who voted against assisted dying – including that the bill has insufficient safeguards – in Victoria's upper house, deserve further scrutiny.
‘Green burials’ that use biodegradable coffins or lessen the environmental impact in other ways are on the rise. AP Photo/Michael Hill

Life after death: Americans are embracing new ways to leave their remains

Although 'Game of Thrones' -style funeral pyres are still out of bounds, Americans are increasingly turning to cheaper, greener and more meaningful ways to dispose of their loved ones' bodies.
Assisted dying legislation is likely to be introduced in Victorian Parliament within a month, and be based on a report launched today by Brian Owler and Jill Hennessy. JOE CASTRO/AAP

Victoria may soon have assisted dying laws for terminally ill patients

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?
Older woman in hospital with man by her side. Via Shutterstock. From www.shutterstock.comr

Can a dying patient be a healthy person?

Just because a person is dying does not mean that he or she is in a state of panic. Here's an example of how one woman, through a well-lived life, remained at peace as she faced death.
Having an advance care directive ensures your values and wishes are known, even beyond a time when you can no longer speak for yourself. from shutterstock.com

Take control over the end of your life: what you need to know about advance care directives

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.
People who are over 90 when they die need considerably more support with every aspect of their daily life in their final year. Pat Pilon/Flickr

Here’s what people in their 90s really think about death

It is rare to hear from people in their tenth or eleventh decade but their voices are crucial to shaping end-of-life care services.

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