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WA neurologists implore MPs to pass VAD law

WA’s top neurologists have implored MPs to pass voluntary assisted dying laws, saying patients suffering from motor neurone disease are being forced to end their lives through starvation or suicide.

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VAD Bill passes WA's lower house

The WA Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 has passed without amendment through Western Australia’s Lower House.

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Maine becomes the 9th US State with assisted dying law as veto bid fails

An eleventh-hour bid to veto Maine's aid-in-dying law has failed, allowing Maine to become the ninth US State to implement an assisted dying law.

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Palliative Care Australia clarifies neutral stance on assisted dying

Australia’s peak palliative care body wants its neutrality on euthanasia to be “emphatic”, saying its previous stance on the issue was confusing.

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Perth's Rally for Choice a huge success

The Rally For Choice on the steps of Parliament House was an amazing success. A huge thank you to the hundreds of people who turned out in the cold and (sometimes) rain to show support for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019.

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WA Primary Health Alliance puts patients first in end of life decisions

The WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) has endorsed a safe and compassionate Voluntary Assisted Dying bill for Western Australia.

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A doctor's right to free speech is attacked - so why the silence?

Last month Dr Alida Lancee was cautioned by the Medical Board of Australia after it declared her campaign for assisted dying reform threatened the public’s confidence in the medical profession.

The Perth GP rejected the caution saying she never claimed to speak on behalf of the profession and warned the board’s actions were an attack on doctors’ free speech.

Dr Heather McNamee asks why the main doctors groups have said so little in her defence.

This article was first published in AusDoc.Plus on 29 August 2019.

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New documentary exposes Canadian film's anti-VAD tactics

A new documentary released to Western Australian MPs has exposed the covert tactics adopted by the anti-VAD lobby to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt in the minds of politicians debating voluntary assisted dying laws.

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Submissions now open to SA's End of Life inquiry

Public submissions are being sought by South Australia’s parliamentary inquiry into End of Life Choices.

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VALE Dorothy Reading

For many years before Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying law became reality, there were committed people working − often in the face of bitter disappointment − to see compassion triumph over dogma in that State.

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