As we sit on the cusp of voluntary assisted dying becoming legal in Victoria, we expect it won't always be simple for people who want it to access it – at least in the legislation's early days.
The debate over Mr. Vincent Lambert's decision to discontinue his care overshadowed equally important judicial and ethical issues. A look back at a complex situation that will set a precedent.
One of the great success stories in healthcare, a quarter of the UK hospice sector is said to be close to collapse.
There is a gap in most people's knowledge – experiential poverty – about how to deal with death.
You've more than likely heard of birth doulas. But nowadays, death doulas are providing support at the end of life. How they fit into existing structures of care remains to be understood.
In the final days of life, it may be too late to choose how you want to die, who you want to be cared by, and how you'd like your symptoms managed.
In England, each home is given a rating against five questions: is it safe, is it effective, is it responsive, it is caring and is it well led?
Everyone dies, so why are so many people still afraid to talk about it?
The UK has one of the most developed palliative care services in the world, yet people still miss out.
Cannabis use among the baby boomer generation is on the rise, here's why.
Half of all patients diagnosed with cancer in the UK still die of the disease.
Excruciating pain at the end of life is extremely rare. The evidence shows pain and other symptoms, such as fatigue, insomnia and breathing issues, actually improve as people move closer to death.
The NSW bill leaves significant questions unanswered, disquieting ethicists, lawyers and doctors.
While there are similarities in the general principles of palliative care provided to children and adults, there are also key differences.
When a person has a serious illness, palliative care aims to improve that person's quality of life.
One would think governments would do all they could to ensure palliative care is available to all who need it. This is not the case in Australia today.
More than 2,000 Canadians have chosen medical assistance in dying (MAID) since legalization in 2016. But palliative care doctors aren't embracing assisted suicide as part of their job.
The Victorian law provides if a child has made a valid advance directive including instructions to refuse a particular medical treatment, a health practitioner must not provide that treatment.
The high-profile Charlie Gard case could change the way end-of-life decisions play out around the world.
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?