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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 »

Professor Margaret Somerville warns Queenslanders of false claims about euthanasia

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LEADING Catholic bioethicist Margaret Somerville has warned Queenslanders of the dangerous long-term consequences for societies that allow euthanasia. As assisted suicide became legal in Victoria last week, Professor Somerville addressed the Cherish Life Queensland annual conference in Brisbane. She posed the question: “We need to ask ourselves: if euthanasia is permitted, how do we think our great-great-grandchildren will die?  “What ... 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 »

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