Posts Tagged ‘Assisted dying’

Dominic Perrottet gives emotional speech against assisted dying

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Dominic Perrottet recalled visiting his terminally ill grandmother in hospital as he opposed an assisted dying bill in the NSW parliament. The Premier, who is a devout Catholic, said the debate is ‘very real and very personal’ for him because of his recent experience. “This time last week I was in the last place many Read more

Assisted dying – let’s pay attention to the stats

Thursday, November 11th, 2021

Assisted dying became legally available on Sunday, the first death may be next month and observers are looking out for the statistics on the new law’s take up. The End of Life Choice Act means people enduring unbearable suffering from a terminal health condition and have a life expectancy of less than six months may Read more

Doctor: Assisted dying a ‘step forward’ in delivering care

Monday, November 8th, 2021

The End of Life Choice Bill -assisted dying – is being seen as a big change to the way doctors deliver healthcare. The law kicked in on Sunday. People requesting it will have to be 18 and over, in an advanced state of irreversible physical decline with unbearable suffering, and able to make an informed Read more

End of life equity for assisted dying but not palliative care

Thursday, November 4th, 2021
University of Otago

Providing equity of access for assisted dying without equity of access to palliative care is to completely undermine the goals of the End of Life Choice Act, says Professor Ben Gray. “The choice is distorted towards aid in dying and away from palliative care.” Gray – an associate professor with Otago University’s Department of Primary Read more

NZ Catholic bishops’ guide for helping people choosing assisted dying

Monday, November 1st, 2021
Catholic News Service

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have written a pastoral statement and a set of guidelines for those working with people choosing assisted dying. Chaplains, priests and other Catholic professionals are being given guidelines and pastoral help to work with people who decide to die under the End of Life Choice Act which takes effect on 7 Read more

New NSW Premier a man of faith

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

Dominic Perrottet (38), NSW’s premier, is a Catholic. Having a Christian faith is part of who he is and inspires him to make a difference wherever he goes, he says. Described as being a social and economic conservative, Perrottet won a NSW Liberal party room ballot on Tuesday morning. He replaces Gladys Berejiklian and will Read more

Euthanasia: What happens if the drugs don’t work?

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

What happens if a patient doesn’t die during a euthanasia attempt? That’s one of a number of ethical and legal questions being asked by palliative care experts who say we are woefully unprepared to introduce assisted dying. Senior nursing leaders are also concerned New Zealand won’t be ready when the law takes effect on 7 Read more

Medical students: More study more opposition to euthanasia

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Medical students become more opposed to euthanasia during their training as they progress through medical school, a new study says. In their second year, almost 65 percent of medical students at Otago University supported euthanasia or assisted dying. Support for the practice reduced during each year of training: by their third year it fell to Read more

Death of mentally incompetent man shows euthanasia system subject to abuse

Monday, March 1st, 2021

A Canadian couple who lost a mentally incompetent family member to assisted suicide say they’re alarmed that Ottawa is trying to expand a euthanasia system already subject to abuse. Gary and Trish Nichols of Edmonton are publicizing the case of Gary’s brother, Alan, who died in 2019 at age 62 in Chilliwack General Hospital through Read more

No way! Gore Health refuses assisted dying

Monday, November 9th, 2020

Assisted dying will not be on offer to Gore Health patients. The health centre’s chief executive officer Karl Metzler has announced it will not be carrying out any end of life procedures. Metzler says Gore Health’s decision was made by its prescribing physicians. Not one of them support the bill. “None of them got into Read more