Christianity's long tradition of compassionate care for both the dying and the dead means it brings some wisdom and experience to the voluntary assisted dying issue.
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?
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?
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?
People are right to be skeptical when it comes to many slippery slope arguments used by those against euthanasia. But some of them are valid and shouldn't be dismissed as 'bullshit'.
An assisted-dying law in the UK is long overdue.
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.
A Victorian legal precedent of how Nembutal can be used during palliative care provides more options for doctors to help their dying patients.
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.