Victoria will be the first state in Australia to legalise voluntary assisted dying.
From June 19, Victorians at the end of their lives can request medical assistance to die. Voluntary assisted dying may offer a new option for some, but the practice will be strictly regulated.
Hospices to fortune.
One of the great success stories in healthcare, a quarter of the UK hospice sector is said to be close to collapse.
Palliative care involves a team of specialised health professionals who provide an extra layer of support to the person and their family.
When a person has a serious illness, palliative care aims to improve that person's quality of life.
Noel Conway, whose legal challenge to the UK law on assisted dying has been rejected.
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Polls show a clear majority support assisted dying in Britain – but it depends on how the question is asked.
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.
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?
Existential suffering refers to an individual experiencing a lack of meaning or sense of purposelessness in life.
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?
Talking about advance care planning should be seen as part of palliative care.
Discussing end-of-life care -helps patients, their families and their healthcare teams plan for the future and end of life care.
Author Nikki Gemmell speaking on Q&A.
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?
Giving carers at home more power could save a lot of unnecessary pain.
'Lay carers' could be given the power to administer pain medication to the terminally ill at home.
One paper reported that between 0.3% to 4.6% of all deaths are reported as euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide in jurisdictions where they are legal.
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.
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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.
Bucket lists can have unintended (sometimes fatal) consequences.
Palliative care aims to comfort rather than cure.
Palliative care should be a time of shared care; when the doctor continues treating their patient's disease while symptom control and preparation for death track alongside.
Access to euthanasia in Belgium has been “expanding” but it’s not out of control.
Let's consider some of the oft-voiced concerns and whether they're justified.
It’s important the child feels like a normal little kid.
There are things parents can do to make managing a child's illness easier and more stress-free.
Best of intentions.
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Condition that affects appetite of terminally ill means difficulties for those who want to show their love through food.
What is meant by ‘compassion’?
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