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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

Jim McKenna

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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