Videos & Podcasts

Doctors

It is a doctor's responsibility to do everything they can to treat, comfort and support patients, and provide them with all available options in managing their illness and treating their pain. It is a doctor's oath to do no harm. Doctors who support voluntary assisted dying laws want to be able to do more for their patients and provide them with more choices, to help prevent the harm caused by needless suffering. Specialist GP and hospital emergency doctor Dr David Leaf, regional GP Dr Alison Palmer, general practitioner Dr Andrew Zdenkowski, and medical student Heather Bell explain why they believe we need an voluntary assisted dying law in Australia.

"I support voluntary euthanasia because..."

"The AMA doesn't speak for me..."

"I say to politicians..."

Nurses

Australia's nurses are on the frontline every day, working with dying patients and their families and providing treatment, care and emotional support. They witness more than anyone else the full and personal impact of Australia's lack of voluntary assisted dying laws.

Nurses Susie Byrne, Angie Black, Sandy Bradley, Coral Levett and Anne Maxwell share their experiences working with dying patients and their families, and why we need a voluntary assisted dying laws in Australia.

"A lot of nurses feel it should be an option."

"It's heartbreaking to see families endure it."

Podcasts

As the product of his extensive research, in Australia and in overseas jurisdictions which have legalised assisted dying, Andrew Denton and The Wheeler Centre created a 17-part podcast series called “Better Off Dead”, which explores the issues surrounding voluntary assisted dying in Australia and beyond. Click on the episode name to listen to the episode or click the link at the end of the description to read the transcript of that episode.

 

Please note: The content of this podcast and some of the articles written by Andrew Denton may be upsetting to those who do not like to recall their own experiences of suffering or watching those they care about suffer towards the end of their life. Denton’s podcast is not about suicide. 

 

Voluntary assisted dying improved doctor-patient relationship in Oregon

Dr Leigh Dolin was President of the Oregon Medical Association when the Death With Dignity Act was passed in 1997, making
Dr Leigh Dolin former President of the Oregon Medical Association

Dr Leigh Dolin former President of the Oregon Medical Association

Oregon the first state in the US to legalise voluntary assisted dying. Dr Dolin has been closely involved in the introduction and administration of the Death With Dignity Act, and has spoken around the world on the introduction of similar legislation The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act that passed in Victoria and the one that failed to pass in the NSW upper house by just one vote in late 2017 were both based on the Oregon legislative model. Dr Dolin visited Australia in August 2017 to provide guidance to lawmakers in Victoria and NSW. Dr Dolin has observed in Oregon that the voluntary assisted dying framework improves the doctor-­patient relationship because it encourages patients and doctors to tackle tough questions from the outset of a terminal diagnosis.  Dr Leigh Dolin former President of the Oregon Medical Association “Rather than damaging the relationship, it actually improved it because patients who had concerns about the end of their lives, say if they had late-stage cancer, now they don’t have to feel that it’s something they need to be afraid of,” Dr Dolin said. On 11 August 2017, Dr Dolin spoke in the NSW Parliament House with some MPs and staff. All NSW Upper and Lower House MPs were invited to attend Dr Dolin’s presentation and Q&A, to provide an opportunity for MP’s concerns about assisted dying legislation to be addressed, including any misgivings about unintended consequences. The following video (12.49 mins) is an extract of Dr Dolin’s presentation.
 

What is the status of the WA assisted dying bill?