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Euthanasia

Research report

31 Oct 2017

This Research Note discusses terminology and key aspects of the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017. It provides an overview of legislative attempts in Australia to introduce similar frameworks, and overseas jurisdictions where voluntary euthanasia and/or assisted dying are currently in...

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Report

21 Jul 2017

An outline was proposed by the Legislative Council’s Legal and Social Issues Committee (the Parliamentary Committee) Inquiry into End of Life Choices. The Parliamentary Committee provided a broad policy direction for...

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Report

09 Jun 2017

This updated version of a May 2013 issues backgrounder takes account of the release of the draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 in NSW on 16 May 2017. The paper canvasses recent Australian cases along with proposed reforms and recommendations in selected Australian jurisdictions: notably...

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Report

17 May 2017

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Ministerial Advisory Panel (the Panel) was tasked with providing the Minister for Health with an interim report within three months.

This interim report sets out the key issues, concerns and potential solutions provided to the Panel by people who participated...

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Discussion paper

23 Jan 2017

On 9 June 2016 a cross-party Parliamentary Committee tabled its final report on its Inquiry into end-of-life choices. The inquiry was conducted over a year and included extensive consultations and research. The Parliamentary Committee received more than 1,000 submissions and held 17 days of...

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Journal article

31 Aug 2016

Objective: Decisions about life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity are an integral part of intensive care (IC) practice. This paper compares Intensivists with six other specialties most often involved in end-of-life care as to their knowledge, attitudes and practice in relation...

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Journal article

31 Jul 2016

This article considers the implications that recent euthanasia developments in Belgium might have for the Australian debate on assisted dying. Through media database and internet searches, four significant developments in Belgium were identified: three cases involving individuals who requested...

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Policy

11 May 2016

Voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide for patients with a terminal illness and suffering severe pain to be decriminalised.

In addition to the patient’s primary medical practitioner a second and independent practitioner would be required to confirm his / her agreement with the...

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Journal article

27 Apr 2016

Within Australia, there have been many attempts to pass voluntary euthanasia (VE) or physician-assisted suicide (PAS) legislation. From 16 June 1993 until the date of writing, 51 Bills have been introduced into Australian parliaments dealing with legalising VE or PAS. Despite these numerous...

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Submission

29 Jan 2016

Submission of the Human Rights Commission to the New Zealand Parliament Health Select Committee in relation to its investigation into end of life matters. The submission supports the view that a legal framework permitting assistance to be given to a competent terminally ill adult to end his or...

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Journal article

01 Jan 2016

Law establishes a framework for making decisions about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity. However, to what extent do doctors know and follow this law? This article reports on a three-year empirical study that sought to answer these questions. The...

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Journal article

01 Jan 2016

The law regulates many aspects of decision-making around the withholding and withdrawing of life-sustaining medical treatment from adults who lack decision-making capacity and are approaching the end of their lives. For example, it governs whether an adult’s advance directive is binding and...

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Audio presentation

02 Dec 2015

What is a good death? The past two decades have seen more than sixteen state or federal attempts – and failures – to create a law in Australia that allows voluntary assisted death. Polls show support for such laws. But our elected representatives hesitate to act. The debate has become immovable...

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Video lecture/presentation

26 Nov 2015

Professor Peter Singer (Princeton) and Associate Professor Charles Camosy (Fordham University) debated the ethics of euthanasia and assisted suicide at the International Conference on End of Life in Brisbane, 2014.

The conference was co-hosted by QUT’s Australian Centre for Health Law...

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Article

04 Sep 2014

Objectives: To examine doctors' level of knowledge of the law on withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack decision-making capacity, and factors associated with a higher level of knowledge.

Design, setting and participants:...

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Journal article

30 May 2014

There has been significant activity on voluntary euthanasia, with bills seeking to reform the law on the practice introduced in all of the Australian state parliaments except Queensland. This article examines the present legislative attempts to legalise voluntary euthanasia in two Australian...

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Research report

06 May 2013

This updated version (of an October 2010 issues backgrounder) takes account of the recent introduction of the Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill in New South Wales. Recent cases in Australia are canvassed as are proposed reforms and recommendations in selected jurisdictions, notably...

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Research report

26 Apr 2013

This report on voluntary euthanasia law reform by think-tank Australia21 and QUT Health Law Research Centre was launched as Parliament House in Canberra on 26 April 2013. The report recommends state governments legislate to permit voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide in particular...

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Article

02 Aug 2012

This article highlights the range of real policy development, process and value issues that need to be addressed before further policy change can be considered in this area.

Scott Prasser is the Executive Director, Public Policy Institute at the Australian Catholic...

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Commentary

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19 Nov 2010

The Australian euthanasia debate is inviting us to conclude that lives lived with disability are often not worth living, while actual disability experience points to a contrary reality. 

Euthanasia legislation is currently being pursued in many State jurisdictions and a Federal...

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