2018 has been a busy year. We want to thank you for your ongoing efforts to help create better conversations around end of life choices.
Your voting in Victoria helped safeguard the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 and this law will come into effect on 19 June 2019.
Your continuous pressure on the Queensland government resulted in an Inquiry into Aged Care, End-of-Life and Palliative Care, which is due to report on 30 November 2019. The committee will be calling for submissions early next year. If you are interested, you can register as a stakeholder here and receive regular updates.
You also generously supported our work financially, for which we are deeply grateful. A special thank you goes out to our regular donors whose monthly contributions make a significant difference.
Our focus for next year will be on Western Australia, where the Government has appointed an expert panel to help draft a Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill. Former WA governor Malcolm McCusker QC will chair the team of eleven experts in the areas of aged care, medicine and law. A bill is expected around the middle of the year.
While the support for a better end of life choice for the most vulnerable in our society, the terminally ill, continues to grow, this does not mean a Voluntary Assisted Dying bill will easily pass. 2019 will be an opportunity to create some real momentum if a bill passes in Western Australia, but we need your help.
Help change the mind of a legislator by sharing your story. Personal testimonies, like the one from Sian Briggs about her father's death, clearly illustrate the need for legislation. If you would like to speak to someone who can help you write or tell your story, please contact us via email@example.com or 0468 464 360 (Mon-Fri 9-5 AEST). You can also reach us via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or send an SMS. You can also share it via our secure website.
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Last but not least, we wish you a holiday season filled with love, family and friends and best wishes for the new year.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
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