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31 July 2020
Dr Mary Panko speaks to Australian retired Palliative Care Nursing Supervisor Beverley Young about voting for the referendum in September.
In the debate regarding Voluntary Assisted Dying & End of Life Choices everyone seems to have an opinion - Political Parties, Politicians, Right to Life Organisations, Religious Institutions, Ethics Committees, General Practitioners, the AMA - we hear these opinions on TV, on the radio, on social media, in Parliament. A debate consisting of many words and political arguments. The most important voices of all are missing in these forums/debates - they are the voices of the terminally ill - the families left traumatised by their loved ones' bad deaths, the nurses who want to speak up but can't. The "nitty gritty" of the detail of what it's really like to live with a terminal illness - and what happens along the way - is not brought out into the public forum - it needs to be. In order to have an opinion you need to have insight into what it's really like and so here it is.
In 2015, Lecretia Seales went to the High Court to seek a ruling that would allow a doctor to assist her to die with her consent. Her court case initiated a national debate and helped focus a parliamentary inquiry into assisted dying.
Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks, a member of the Victorian Government's expert Ministerial Advisory Panel into Voluntary Assisted Dying, discusses issues around voluntary assisted dying and palliative care.
“If you don’t agree with assisted dying, don’t use it yourself.”
It's this simple.
Kay is dying, but she wants to live her life until the last breath.
What is it like to provide Medical Assistance in Dying for the first time?
"It was a very emotionally charged situation. The patient went peacefully. The wife cried. The sister-in-law cried. I cried. We hugged. But it was all good, you know?"
Dr Jacky Davis, Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying. Consultant radiologist Whittington Hospital; Member BMA Council; Member BMA ethics committee; Chair of Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying Board member Dignity in Dying.Transcript »
From the right of women to access abortion and contraception to the right of the terminally ill to die with dignity, there are few issues in medical ethics that are not influenced by the voices of faith groups. But to what extent should "religious freedom" be accommodated in healthcare? And how can we ensure that patient care is always prioritised over religious concerns? In October 2018, the National Secular Society and Secular Education Forum held a joint conference on healthcare and secularism. To find out more about their work in this area please visit their website.
It is not only former Australian of the year Prof. Fiona Stanley who supports Voluntary Assisted Dying. GP and former Liberal MP Mal Washer, Busselton GP Ian Catto, neurologist Rob Edis and Bunbury GP Mary Collins believe West Australians should have the choice not to suffer at the end of life. Source: Go Gentle Australia
Warning: Contains explicit language
This is so so sad. Annie and Lilly's mum starved to death because she didn't have the choice of assisted dying. "No f*cking kids should have to watch their mother die like that."
Dr Stefanie Green describes the Canadian experience of medical assistance in dying, andc provides statistics at the The World Federation of Right to Die Societies Conference in October 2018.
Why is it that 74% of New Zealanders want a law which allows them to receive medical aid to die when they are at the end of a terminal illness? Ask Esther - she'll tell you.
Esther Richards has brain cancer with no treatments left and no relief from future pain – she asks, "Where to from here?" Now terminal, Esther explains why she is fighting for End of Life Choice for herself and fellow sufferers. “I wanted to live – now I want to die as the person I am - I’m not willing to go through terminal sedation.”
A discussion between three leaders from the Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam): Dr Taj Hargey, Director of the Muslim education centre for Oxford; Revd Canon Rosie Harper, Rector of Great Missenden, member of General Synod; Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, Leader of the reformed synagogue in Maidenhead.
Chaired by Robert Ince, Unitarian, and president of the International Association for Religious Freedom. The film was sponsored by My Death, My Decision and premiered at the MDMD London meeting 27th April 2019. MDMD give permission for this film to be screened at events discussing assisted dying issues.
Dave Mullan shares a whimsical introduction to common confusion between "prostrate" and "prostate" and an appeal for the End of Life Choice Bill to be urgently supported in the NZ Parliament. Sadly Dave passed in December 2019.
Philip Patston wants to have a voice in the End Of Life Choice Bill. As a disabled person Philip wants the choice, if he were in unbearable pain or suffering, to end his life in a way and at the time that he chooses.
An 82-year-old cancer patient recently discussed with Dr. Gary Rodin, Head of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, her decision to receive Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID).