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Dr Rodney Syme, a longtime advocate for euthanasia, is being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant service to social welfare initiatives and law reform.
Dr Syme has been vice-president of Dying with Dignity Victoria since 2007, served as the organisation's president from 1996 to 2007, and prior to that he was the president of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of Victoria. He played an important role in the Victoria's Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Act 2017 that will go into effect on the 19th of June 2019.
Syme has also been a member and a past board member of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies. The former head of the Austin Repatriation Medical Centre's urology unit is the chair of Your Last Right, which campaigns for law reform on voluntary euthanasia in Australia.
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