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Palliative Care at risk under euthanasia laws

Euthanasia and voluntary assisted dying (VAD) poses the risk of disruption and intrusion to the practice of palliative care, leaving palliative carers distressed, disempowered and under pressure, the immediate past president of the (ANZSPM) has said.

Healing hands reflect on the bigger picture

Like any other medical body, the Australian Catholic Medical Association talked about the issues of the day – such as Covid and euthanasia – at its annual gathering in Sydney on 11 December.
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Michael Casey: Palliative care key to the future

Tom Hobson hired out horses to travellers in Cambridge in the first half of the 1600s. We know his name today because of the choice he gave his customers: you could take the horse at the front of the line or none at all.

Philippa Martyr: Learn to accept being dependent – just like Jesus

Reading Time: 3 minutesA colleague told me the other day about a funeral she’d attended. The deceased was an older man, a high achiever, well educated, retired, with a family he loved. He had a bit of dementia and a few other health issues, and he was absolutely hating the feeling of losing his strength. […]
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Legalised killing in NSW jumps hurdle

Parliament passes euthanasia bill, now fate of end-of-life care rests with Upper House MPs.

Euthanasia cannot be made safe

Attempts to limit euthanasia by legalising and then regulating it always fail This article was first published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 14 October...

Q&A with Fr John Flader: Finding meaning in suffering

Dear Father, I am totally opposed to euthanasia. But, realistically, when someone is suffering greatly both they and their carers can find it very...

Where does euthanasia leave people with a disability?

“Surely, with all the safeguards in the Euthanasia Bill, we can be confident nothing untoward will happen. Australia’s not that sort of place.” It’s been...

Archbishop warns: we’re on the verge of a two-class society if...

Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws threaten to turn Australia into a two-class society, Archbishop Anthony Fisher told a rally against proposed euthanasia laws currently...

Sir James Gobbo: “stellar, simply stellar”

In a warm and personal eulogy, the present Governor of the State of Victoria, the Honorable Linda Dessau, paid tribute to the humble yet outstanding Sir James Augustine Gobbo AC CVO QC (22 March 1931- 7 November, 2021).
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