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Coroner John Olle

Case 1 The first individual is a 59-year-old man. He had a wife of 38 years, survived by his children...

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Doctor X's experiences

I have been a practicing GP for close to 30 years after several years working in the hospital system. My...

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My father, David

Isn’t it strange, the various pathways that lead us to the world of voluntary euthanasia? I suppose some see it...

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My name is Eileen Emma Dawe

The following are extracts from the diary of 90-year-old Eileen Dawe. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer and wrote of...

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Trapped in a body that let him down

While on my first placement as a student nurse in a nursing home I cared for a patient who a...

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My father

My fatherClever manMaker of things beautiful and strong My father Could fix it all Except his own health Myelofibrosis corroded...

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Cathy's father

In 2005 nurse Cathy Pryor was convicted of the attempted murder of her mother and assisting the suicide of her...

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Dr Westwood's mother

I’m a retired physician. I had been working for over 50 years in my profession, first in Poland, later in...

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Ann's bestie, Rhoda

Her suffering defied belief. My bestie, Rhoda, was the outgoing one of our group. She loved socialising. A fit, outgoing...

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Adrienne's husband

As a nurse and midwife, I’ve witnessed life’s first and last breaths many times. It amazes me that something so...

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Dr Geoff's patient

I had a fully paralysed patient on life support with end stage neuromuscular disease who could only communicate through eye...

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Coral's patients

People’s bodies at end of life do amazing things. Bones break. Organs fail. Even our neural receptors, our pain receptors,...

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Bill's beliefs

I am a 90-year-old EDA veteran affairs pensioner. I have recently arrived home from Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney...

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Bettina's mother

My strong, wonderful mother had a living will and was determined to avoid the fate of so many of her...

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Gloria, my mum

My mum, Gloria Mable Ohma, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in her late 30s. Mum went through a gradual...

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John, Jessie's love

John had suffered for five years with terminal bowel cancer. He had had more than 60 per cent of his...

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John Grayson: my story

In 2014 I had a cold. It was very painful and on 10 November 2014 I experienced the worst pain...

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Kit, Judith's mother

My mother, Catherine (Kit) Sanotti, was a fit, healthy, vibrant 73-year-old woman. She lived alone at Davistown and tended her...

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John's mother

Eleven years ago, my mother had a stroke and took seven months to die. As her principal carer I divided...

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Juliana's father

My father’s death was kind and loving. I had the support of an understanding GP, many years ago now, who...

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My dad

My father originally appointed four persons who could make a euthanasia decision for him should his physical and mental capacity...

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My mother's best friend

Three years, eight months and 28 days ago, I was left a letter from my mother’s best friend, who had...

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Loredana's story

I have advanced, progressive multiple sclerosis. I am totally disabled and can’t move anything except my head and my mouth....

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Michele's father

My father died of lung cancer in the mid-1980s. He was told it was inoperable and that chemotherapy would likely...

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Meg's dad

My dad died this year from a brain tumour. The minute he was diagnosed he wished for the ‘green needle’,...

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Miriam's mother, Dorothy

My story is on behalf of and in memory of my mother, Dorothy Joan Meikle, a staunch believer in euthanasia...

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My mother, Edna Fitzgerald

Ever since having seen my late mother, Edna Fitzgerald, suffer so much when all she wanted was to slip away...

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Rachel's mum

I lost my mum last month. She had pancreatic cancer. We told friends and extended family that Mum passed away...

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my husband, Wayne

It turns out goodbyes are important. I wrote this account of my husband, Wayne, a year after he took his...

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John's partner

Let me begin my partner’s story by stressing that the nursing staff were dedicated and kind. They do all that...

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Lachlan Smith: my story

I have just turned 41. A pretty big life event for many, but in my case especially. Three years ago...

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Leith Richards

I am a 60-year-old woman who has been diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer, Stage IV, which is a terminal illness....

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My sister's story

My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 25. By 39 she had died of secondary cancer undetected but...

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Deb's final days

I’ll give you an example of one night that was probably in the last 10 days of Deb’s life when...

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My beloved grandfather

My grandfather was a proud and passionate man who really lived up to his role as the patriarch in our...

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Alexander and Margaret Maxwell

Margaret Maxwell was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994. She researched the disease and pursued a regime of alternative medicines,...

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Prof. Ian Maddocks

Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks is an eminent palliative care specialist and Senior Australian of the Year 2013. In an online...

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Michelle, my sister

My sister Michelle was originally diagnosed with cervical cancer 12 years before she was re-diagnosed with a cancer called adenocarcinoma....

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Cleona, my first

She was the first person who ever asked for my medical opinion, so I suppose that made her my first...

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Cory Taylor, my story

I have melanoma. I’ve kept it at bay for 10 years but it is now untreatable. To me the concept...

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My mum, Dulcie

At the age of 73, my mother, Dulcie May Turton, was told she had a neuroendocrine tumour in her abdomen...

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My husband, Andrew

My husband, Andrew Carswell was an award-winning musician with innovative bands such as Not Drowning, Waving and My Friend The...

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Flora's patients

On too many occasions as a Division One Registered Nurse off duty, and on duty, I have been overcome with...

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Shayne's mum, Jan

My mother, Jan Scott Ryder, was a beautiful woman who adored her family and loved her life. In May 2012,...

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Sue's brother

My brother Paul had been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer that had spread to his liver. Wednesday, he was told...

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My brave father, Russell

This is the story of my brave, sensitive and loving father. Russell Alfred Walker was born in Parramatta to a...

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Mum

Dear Mum, I’m so sorry I didn’t kill you. I came close, believe me. The pillow was millimetres from your...

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RIP Dad. Love you always

When Channel 7’s Sunrise Facebook page asked viewers if medically assisted dying should be legalised, Denise’s response was emphatic: YES....

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My friend, Graham

On 27 December my friend Graham had no idea he’d spend the next 10 weeks on a rough road through...

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Di's father

We always knew it would happen. Our father said many times that they treat animals humanely and put them down...

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Lady Winifred Stephen

In January 2016 Lady Stephen wrote Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull an open letter discussing problems of national importance. In it...

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My friend, Diane

Diane was one of the most courageous persons I have ever known. She was a fighter who beat the odds...

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My dear friend

After much thought I am forwarding to you one of the last messages my dearest friend wrote, three weeks before...

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Husband and father, Kenneth Dickson

Our father/husband, Kenneth Stanley Dickson, aged 81, was suffering terribly with his third bout of cancer. Fifteen months ago Dad...

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My life partner, Mark

My life partner, Mark Brennan, was born in 1948, and ended his own life on 9 February 2014. After years...

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My mum, Betty

My mum, Betty, had a wonderfully full life. She had been very active mentally and physically but the aging process...

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Ann-Louise's mum

I lost my mum three years ago at the age of 87. She was doing so well for her age...

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Dr Geoff Trezise

I am now retired but one case of the unfortunate result of the lack of an option for assisted dying...

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George, Dinny Laurence's father

My father George always said he wanted to go home and die in his own country. He and my mother...

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Tim Cooper

I’ve been suffocating for two years. I was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (lung disease that prevents proper breathing)...

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