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Victoria could kill 1000 terminally ill patients each year by 2030, Catholic researcher claims

VICTORIA’S proposed voluntary euthanasia scheme could claim the lives of more than 1000 terminally ill patients a year by 2030, a leading Catholic researcher claims. On September 21, the Victorian Government unveiled legislation for an assisted-dying scheme, with debate on the bill to begin next month and a conscience vote expected before the end of the year. The predominantly self-administered ... Read More »

Doctor warns legalising euthanasia will undermine support for people in palliative care

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A CONTROVERSIAL bill to legalise euthanasia will be introduced into Victorian Parliament in the second half of next year, despite doctors’ warnings that expanded palliative care would deliver better results. Premier Daniel Andrews was previously against euthanasia, but is now keen to support it after watching his father suffer through a long battle with cancer. “That gives you reason to ... Read More »

Hospital annual charity day will boost next stage of growth, expansion of specialised care

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ST Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane is on the homestretch to host a spectacular fundraising event on Saturday, November 5 at Doomben Racecourse.  The hospital is raising funds for the next stage of its growth and expansion. Inspired by the increasing need for highly specialised care, St Vincent’s Brisbane is planning two new hospital wings that will offer an additional 21 ... Read More »

Death on the cusp of life: A litany of concerns with late-term abortions

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QUEENSLAND politicians were in the middle of debating changes to the state’s abortion laws when figures on the rate of live-birth abortions surfaced. Health Minister Cameron Dick released figures recently on the number of late-term abortions where babies survived, but were not given care. The figures showed 27 babies were born alive following an abortion procedure in 2015. The total ... Read More »

Euthanasia alternative: Why Australia should focus more on palliative care services

A RESPECTED medical specialist delivering care to the terminally ill believes there is “far less chance” of patients favouring euthanasia if high-quality care is available. “There’s no doubt that where you come into contact with good palliative care services that the idea that people will want to end their life prematurely is much less likely,” Palliative Care Queensland president Dr ... Read More »

Palliative care helped Jim McKenna live well to the very end

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JIM McKenna always wanted to fly. He put flying on his bucket list soon after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last June.  “He loved any type of machine … cars, trains and planes,” Jim’s wife Patricia said. The father of 11 children, including former Australian rugby league player Chris McKenna, jumped on two planes just weeks before his peaceful death ... Read More »

Euthanasia “will never be a free choice”: HOPE founder Paul Russell

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ON March 31, Australia’s Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley confirmed she did not support euthanasia. Ms Ley was speaking at an event in Brisbane organised by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. A short report on News.com.au said: “I am the Health Minister and I do not support euthanasia,” Ms Ley told a CEDA event. “I, however, recognise that we should ... Read More »

Dying people deserve respect and care

AUSTRALIANS must look to “a genuinely compassionate response” rather than support the “lethal dose” of euthanasia, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference urged Catholics today. The Bishops requested Australian Catholics be educated on euthanasia “and the dangers it poses to society” with a new pamphlet titled ‘Real care, love and compassion – the alternative to euthanasia’. Since 2014, the Australian Bishops ... Read More »

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