Professor Luc Deliens recently joined the QUT (Queensland University of Technology) Faculty of Law's Australian Centre for Health Law Research (ACHLR) to deliver a public lecture on assisted dying and palliative care.
Professor Deliens explored the complex relationship between assisted dying and palliative care services within the context of legalised euthanasia in Belgium. In the international debate about assisted dying, it is often suggested that assisted dying is incompatible with palliative care. However, Professor Deliens shed light on 15 years of voluntary assisted dying in Belgium and concluded that in the context of legalised euthanasia, euthanasia and palliative care do not seem to be contradictory practices.
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