Compassion and respect


Response to ‘Australian Story’

What ‘Australian Story’ demonstrated so clearly last night is the stark contrast between compassionate, courageous doctors like Rodney Syme who listen to and respect their patients, and the doctors like Karen Hitchcock who fail to demonstrate these values in their claims about voluntary assisted dying. DwDNSW has […]

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Courageous Dr Rodney Syme – ‘Australian Story’ tonight

Don’t forget ‘Australian Story’ tonight. Dr Rodney Syme is taking courageous action by going public in the way he is. You can support him – and increase the pressure for legislation that 80% of us want – by making your views known to MPs, medical authorities, the […]

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Australian Story update

If you can’t get to see Australian Story on 7 March, the episode is also repeated: Thursday 11 March 10am, Saturday 12 March 6:28pm (ABC News 24) and Sunday 13 March 6pm.

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A must-watch – Australian Story, 7 March

MUST WATCH TV Monday 7 March, 8pm, ABC1 The next episode of ABC Australian Story features Dr Rodney Syme, a long time advocate for assisted dying law reform, currently Deputy President of DwDVic and before that President for many years. “Australian Story is one of the most […]

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Tasmanians – Please sign the e-petition!

It is now possible for Tasmanians to sign the e-petition on “voluntary euthanasia”. It’s a great pity this outdated term was used instead of ‘voluntary assisted dying’ but we urge you to sign it and get as many others as possible to do so. (Sorry – it’s […]

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Great news on the next Tasmanian Bill

Great news – there was an announcement today 26 February about the new Tasmanian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill to be moved in June and an online petition for people to express their support. The petition is not yet online but we will let you know as soon […]

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Canadian Medical Association shows the way

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) provides a very good example of responsible, professional and principles-based policy and action on voluntary assisted dying to meet the needs of patients, doctors and the wider community. DwDTas has prepared a paper outlining why their approach is such a good example, what […]

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FactCheck – Not true that 550 babies ‘killed’ under Dutch euthanasia law

“The Conversation” has published an important FactCheck refuting the false alarmist claim made by Luke Formosa on the Q&A program last week on voluntary assisted dying that: “Findings from the Netherlands Euthanasia report in 2014 indicate … 550 newborn babies with diseases or disabilities were killed“.   Read more … […]

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Terminal sedation – ethically different from voluntary assisted dying?

The Q&A program on Monday night has prompted a valuable debate on a range of specific issues raised in the program. This is being conducted through the Q&A Facebook page. The issue that has attracted the largest number of comments is terminal sedation.  In the Q&A program, John Flynn asked: […]

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Andrew Denton podcasts

The first two of the Andrew Denton podcasts are now available through the Wheeler Centre website. You can listen or download. We haven’t had a chance to listen yet but the list of interviewees in these two includes both advocates and religious opponents (eg Catholics Paul Russell, […]

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