There’s a simple way to give territorians better representation – and the time is ripe.
Tony Burke once worked hard to stop euthanasia becoming law in the Northern Territory. Now, he must usher through a new bill to allow the territories to debate the issue.
For people to access medical assistance in dying (MAID) requires health-care professionals willing to provide the service. The reasons health-care providers choose not to participate are important.
Aged care facilities and hospices can block access to voluntary assisted dying, despite it being legal in your state.
Voluntary assisted dying is now legal, or will soon will be, in all six states. But we need enough doctors to put their hands up for training.
Multiple amendments could make the law unwieldy, incoherent and even unworkable.
The proposed NSW legislation is similar to other states, including replicating a key flaw.
Interviews with 32 doctors who provided voluntary assisted dying services in Victoria found layers of bureaucracy made it difficult for patients to access the system. Some died while waiting.
Draft legislation which would see voluntary assisted dying allowed in Queensland will be introduced into the state’s parliament next week. So how does the proposed law compare to other states?
The fundamental underpinning of all MAID requests is supposed to be the presence of an incurable medical condition, but it’s not possible to predict that a mental illness will not improve.
We must make ensure that puppies born into the greyhound racing don’t slip through the cracks.
Assisted dying is often cast as an issue of individual autonomy, but an assisted death can have repercussions on many people — those left behind or others struggling with a chronic disease.
Over the first year of voluntary assisted dying in Victoria, about 400 people applied to access the laws to end their lives. There are lingering issues, but the system is workable.
A new report tells us in the first six months voluntary assisted dying was legal in Victoria, 52 people ended their lives. But the report doesn’t tell us everything we need to know.
Nine states and the District of Columbia currently have laws that permit assisted dying, but the laws are so restrictive that they are often more hurdle than help.
A marathon round of amendments and parliamentary debate will likely see voluntary assisted dying implemented in WA in around 18 months. It’s time to start preparing.
The arguments in favour or against euthanasia have a long history, going back to the Hippocratic oath that doctors still swear today.
Many people might want to choose how, when, and under what circumstances they die – but diseases like dementia can complicate advance euthanasia directives.
One judge must not be allowed to curtail parliament’s power to promote broader societal interests and protect people who are elderly, ill and disabled.
Nurses who surround the process of medically assisted dying are an important source of insight into the real conversations our society needs to have about what it’s really like.