Welcome to DWDACT
Can you help?
What we do
Dying with Dignity ACT Inc. is a not for profit organization that is managed by a volunteer committee made up of Canberrans who are committed to law reform which would enable ACT citizens to have assistance to die. We have been running since the 1980s. We,
- lobby federal and local bodies.
- recommend to local politicians the legislative changes that we think are needed in the ACT in relation to assisted dying.
- communicate with DWD and VES organizations around Australia, including YourLastRight.com and The World Federation Right to Die Society.
- attend national and international conferences.
- inform ourselves about legislation on assisted dying in other countries.
- organize forums with local and national speakers of note.
- run general meetings with speakers each year on a range of matters including organ donation, respecting patients' choices, statistics on polls held on the issue of voluntary euthanasia and enduring power of attorney, dementia and the law.
- update our members regularly about meetings, the latest publications, ideas, events and other issues through our website, Bulletins, letters and email.
- participate as members of local groups such the Council of The Ageing, and ACT Health Care Consumers Association.
We welcome new members. Our membership is important to us because we can lobby more effectively if our numbers are high.
We hope you find this website helpful. If you wish to, please write your story about why you are interested in changing the law. That could help us to be more persuasive in influencing politicians to change the law.
Ambassadors for law reform
Latest News Items
- Separating fact from fiction about euthanasia in Belgium
As a Belgian social scientist working on the topic of end-of-life care and decision making for the last ten years, a lot of my research has concerned the practice of euthanasia, which my country legalised in 2002 for incurable patients with severe suffering.
- National Survey of Public Attitudes on End of Life Care
As a result of advances in public health and the development of lifesaving medical technology, […]
A very moving interview and opinion piece by Peter Short’s cousin Michael about efforts to […]