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Indigenous community in far north Queensland says euthanasia is against Aboriginal culture

MANY indigenous Queenslanders hold grave concerns about voluntary assisted dying (VAD), finding it frightening and at odds with their culture, according to Church leaders. If Queensland politicians pass VAD laws, Townsville Bishop Harris has warned fear of euthanasia would weaken cultural ties and “lead to indigenous people shying away from medical help when it’s needed, particularly in remote regions”. After ... Read More »

Major proposal for new investment to create a purpose-built palliative care system in Queensland

DOCTORS, health professionals and carers have challenged Queensland’s political leaders to commit to a massive spending boost for palliative care. Ahead of the October 31 election, Palliative Care Queensland, the sector’s peak body, AMA Queensland and community groups from across the state have called for a more-than tripling of funding – from the current $110 million each year to $385 ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Euthanasia debate to take place in Queensland after vote on abortion bill

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QUEENSLAND Labor has signalled a parliamentary push to legalise abortion will be followed with an inquiry into end-of-life issues, including euthanasia. With debate on the State Government’s abortion bill expected next month, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed to the state Labor conference plans for an inquiry to consider all aspects of end-of-life care, including voluntary assisted dying. “Following the vote on ... Read More »

Euthanasia threatens improvements in end-of-life care, experts say

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LEGALISING euthanasia risks undermining people’s access to loving, holistic care as they face the natural end of their life, many experts at a Vatican conference said. As more parts of the world, like in Quebec last year, passed right-to-die legislation allowing the terminally ill to request lethal drugs, euthanasia was being treated as if it were a legitimate form of ... Read More »

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