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Call for better palliative care availability, many terminally ill patients die before receiving access

A GROUP of specialist Queensland doctors claim many terminally ill patients are dying before they receive access to palliative care. The claim was made in a submission to the Queensland Government inquiry into the adequacy of aged care, end-of-life and palliative care, and whether there was support for state laws to allow voluntary assisted suicide. “Patients … at any time ... Read More »

Non-lethal strangulation doubles the risk of domestic homicide, but isn’t always easy to see

ARCHDIOCESE of Brisbane frontline domestic violence workers have urged a closer focus on strangulation in a bid to lower the number of fatalities in Queensland homes. Centacare’s Family and Relationships Services say any evidence of non-lethal strangulation places a victim immediately in a “high-risk” domestic violence situation. Their urgings are supported by a State Government advisory board that has issued ... Read More »

Decades of service – long-serving archdiocesan worker thanked and farewelled

LONG-serving Brisbane archdiocese staff member Sylvia O’Boyle was farewelled and thanked recently for her significant contribution to the Church. Ms O’Boyle finished up with the Clergy Support Office last year after decades of service to the archdiocese. Prior to arriving in November 1982, Ms O’Boyle had worked locally for an accounting and liquidation firm, as well as the Teachers’ Union. ... 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 »

Pro-lifers lose High Court free speech appeal against abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’

A BRISBANE pro-life campaigner has not discounted further civil disobedience, after the High Court dismissed his appeal to laws that prescribe 150-metre “safe access zones” around abortion clinics. “I don’t think it is right to simply roll over and accept this,” Graham Preston said of the laws that are now in force in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. ... Read More »

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