Welcome to DWDACT

Ambassadors for law reform

For decades the majority of Australians have believed that those who are suffering intolerably from a terminal or advanced stage of an incurable illness should have the legal right to request and obtain medical assistance to end their lives with dignity. Many prominent Australians support law reform.
View the full list of ambassadors at Dying with Dignity Victoria

Latest News

Bulletin 14

Bulletin 14

This is the first year since 1997 that we have been able to say that we have had some genuine success in reforming the law to give assistance to die.
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Marshall Perron - Address to Asia Pacific Coroners' Society Conference 2017

Marshall Perron – Address to Asia Pacific Coroners’ Society Conference 2017

In brief, I advocated that coroners should identify a cohort of self-inflicted death by the elderly and the terminally and hopelessly ill that is premature, lonely and usually violent.
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An Address by President DWDACT

An Address by President DWDACT

The prime task of DWDACT is to bring about law reform in the area of dying. We wish to make the choice to die the decision of the individual supported by the state.
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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.

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