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Lack of government planning means most vulnerable could die before quality care arrives

AGED care is reaching crisis point, with a Catholic healthcare chief warning lack of government planning means our most vulnerable could die before they receive the high-level care they required.  Catholic Health Australia chief executive Suzanne Greenwood told an aged-care and end-of-life inquiry in Brisbane the waiting list for vulnerable seniors to receive the Level 4 package, was two years ... Read More »

Doctors warn legalising euthanasia could target and harm vulnerable older people

DOCTORS have warned the introduction of voluntary euthanasia laws could be used to target vulnerable older people, and put pressure on those who might consider themselves a burden to others. “As a society we should be judged on our support of a sick, vulnerable and frail elderly,” Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine Queensland president Dr Chrys Pulle ... Read More »

Ancient stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people inform on aged care discussions

THE Queensland Government’s inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care issues and voluntary assisted dying (VAD) provides an opportunity to explore care provision preferences with stakeholder groups.  Two essential voices in this conversation belong to our Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people.    These people – my people – have not only survived but also flourished in harsh ... Read More »

CWL urges quality palliative care – good terminal illness care will ‘validate the lives of individuals’

QUEENSLAND’S peak Catholic women’s group has told a state parliamentary inquiry that the health system should not be focused on ending life but on providing good-quality palliative care. “We’ve got to stand up for what we believe,” 82-year-old Veronica Box, who is state president of the Catholic Women’s League, said after addressing the Inquiry into Aged Care End-of-Life, Palliative Care ... Read More »

Killing is killing: Queensland bishops rally against push to legalise voluntary assisted dying

A SUBMISSION by Queensland’s six Catholic bishops calling for the protection of human dignity is among hundreds received by a parliamentary inquiry considering end-of-life issues including voluntary assisted dying laws. “A law that would allow direct intentional killing (“voluntary assisted dying”), even if only under strict circumstances, opens the way to a culture in which life is disposable,” the bishops ... Read More »

Voluntary assisted suicide raising grave concerns

LAST month, the Health Issues Centre displayed a life-like model of a dying elderly woman in a hospital bed on Melbourne’s Southbank. The project’s aim was to encourage Australians to have a discussion about improving end-of-life care. “Our research has shown that people are in denial about what’s going to come ahead,” project co-ordinator and senior policy advisor at HIC, ... Read More »

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