Health spent a lot of time in the spotlight in 2016. Medicare was a major issue in Australia’s federal election and numerous government reviews into health were announced and reported.
Euthanasia and palliative sedation are categorically distinct, so the notion that we can use the latter to achieve the former is untenable.
Victoria stands a chance of becoming the first Australian jurisdiction in 20 years, and the first ever Australian state, to have an assisted dying law.
It is likely that, ironically, any legalisation of euthanasia in this country will actually hinder the care of those most in need.
A bill may be released soon in Victoria so we should examine why the South Australian bill did not pass to see if any lessons can be learned for future bills.
Proponents of assisted suicide, such as emeritus archbishop Desmond Tutu, argue that as people have the right to live with dignity, they also have the right to die with dignity.
The Belgian athlete won silver at the Paralympics – but has signed legal euthanasia papers.
Let's consider some of the oft-voiced concerns and whether they're justified.
Where and how you have the right to legally end your life.
The assisted dying debate usually focuses on the moment of death - not those leading up to it.
Intuitively, we believe offering someone options automatically expands their freedom. But that isn't always true. Sometimes, more options can lead to less freedom.
Reactions to the thalidomiders' difference contributed – and continue to contribute – to their negative well-being and deteriorating health.
Broadcaster Andrew Denton, an advocate for assisted dying law, told the Q&A audience it was not correct to say 550 newborn babies were killed last year under Dutch euthanasia laws. Is that right?
The Australian public supports legalising euthanasia and bills are introduced into state parliaments every year. Yet governments continue to resist legalising euthanasia or assisted suicide.
It's possible the difference between Australia and the Netherlands (where euthanasia and assisted suicide are legal) lies more in the way we think about what we are doing than what actually happens.
Two experts in medical ethics sum up some of the arguments for and against the bill.
The goal in the Peter Singer-Anthony Fisher debate on euthanasia was never to change anyone’s mind but to speak to an existing base.
The contrast between rights with dignity and rights without is increasingly apparent with regard to two groups of Australians: retirees and those in aged-care facilities.
The defeat of the Scottish Assisted Dying Bill may be a blow for supporters, but it is not terminal.
A recent ombudsman's report suggests that most people are more concerned with end-of-life care than the right to end their lives.