A majority of Victorians.
Opinion polls over the last decade show consistent support amongst Victorians at between 70-80% for a law that will allow terminally ill patients to voluntarily seek help from a doctor to die. This includes high levels of support amongst Catholics and Anglicans.
An AMA survey last year found that almost 40% of doctors support Voluntary Assisted Dying and that a majority would help terminally ill people die if it became law.
Victoria’s nurses, our primary caregivers and those who deal most closely with the suffering of dying patients, officially support a law for Voluntary Assisted Dying.
A recent poll of the Ambulance Union Membership revealed that 98% of respondents support Voluntary Assisted Dying.
World Voices in support
Everyone gets obsessed with the idea of not doing any harm and you mustn’t do anything to shorten patients’ lives but I think as a doctor it is your job to see people comfortably into the next life
- The Queen’s Doctor, and former President of the Royal College of Physicians, Sir Richard Thompson
Terminally ill people have control over their lives, so why should they be refused control over their deaths? Why are so many instead forced to endure terrible pain and suffering against their wishes?
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu
We have a fundamental right not to be subjected to torture, and if that torture is cancer, if it’s a terminal illness, we are entitled to take ourselves out of it.”
– Geoffrey Robertson
“Allowing doctors to help terminally ill people to die would be a profoundly Christian and moral thing to do”
- former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey
As well as widespread popular support, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) supports Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation.
There is also support from sufferers of progressive degenerative illnesses such as Huntington’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neurone Disease, as well as those suffering from cancer.
Older Victorians in particular are keen to see the option of Voluntary Assisted Dying in legislation. Watch the video we put together with the resident of Cherry Tree Grove here.