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‘It’s a new system and there are still some challenges’

Dr Sarah Pickstock, a West Australian palliative care specialist, has supported more than 16 patients through the VAD process. She says its intimacy and impact shouldn’t be underestimated.

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Stephen had a peaceful death

In 2021, my dear husband of 35 years, Stephen, became one of the first people to use Western Australia’s Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) law. I hope sharing our story will help break the stigma that still surrounds VAD – and support other families going through the process.

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'We've seen gentle, beautiful deaths'

Fiona Jane manages a community hospice in Western Australia’s Great Southern region. She explains how the choice of voluntary assisted dying is bringing comfort to the people in her care.

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'Eternally thankful"

Aboriginal woman Mary-Ellen Passmore was one of first people to use Western Australia's voluntary assisted dying law. She told her carers: “It is terrifying being trapped by your own body and it’s a relief to know there will be an end to my suffering."

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'Why can’t I just go?'

My Nana, Elvie Holly, taught me so many things – she was the beating heart of our spiritual and cultural link back to our Yamatiji Badimia people and our country. If there is one thing our Aboriginal culture and traditions hold deeply it is the desire to pass away with dignity on country. 

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My family has been decimated

My family has been decimated: Three generations, and more than a dozen people who carry the c9orf72 gene for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

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I want to die with dignity, not a slow agonising death.

My name is Rhonda Taylor. I celebrated my 54th birthday a week ago, my last. I have breast cancer with brain and bone metastasise. I am dying.

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My dad, Michael

Every week as a vet I put suffering pets – with no quality of life – to a gentle and peaceful sleep.

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Sandra's story

“I’m sorry to report that it seems you are displaying symptoms of the disease called motor neurone disease.”

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My mother, Gail

My mother Gail Carbone had a terminal brain tumour and passed away on 13 January, 2018.

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