DWDWA is an incorporated not-for-profit organisation, founded in 1980 by members of the community who believed that every mentally competent person should, with appropriate safeguards, have a legal right to determine the time and manner of his or her death (a voluntary assisted death) and that a medical practitioner should be able to carry out this request.
The Society represents a wide range of people, who support its work through membership fees, donations and bequests. It is run entirely by volunteers. It is a member of the “World Federation of Right to Die Societies”.
“To bring about such changes to Western Australian Statute Law and to medical ethics as will allow a person to receive a medically assisted death under circumstances specified by him or her when legally competent to make such a choice.”
The Society undertakes the following activities:
- Provide information to members and the community regarding voluntary assisted death issues.
- Hold public meetings to discuss dying with dignity matters.
- Issue a 'Living Will' form to members, for them to register personal wishes regarding the circumstances of their own death.
- Inform and lobby leaders/members of the medical profession and political parties.
- Conduct lectures and debates to interested groups throughout WA on the subject of dying with dignity.
- Liaise with national and international Voluntary Assisted Death, or Dying With Dignity organisations and the media.
- Attend local, national and overseas forums on voluntary assisted death issues.
- Provide information on governmental legislative requirements relating to dying with dignity.