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.
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.
In my last Bulletin I was optimistic that we might have a legal breakthrough via The Australian constitution which states that the Commonwealth may not make law imposing religious observances.
The options for end of life care are becoming increasingly important to the ACT community. At this free event, hosted by the ACT Law Society and sponsored by the ANU College of Law, a panel of experts will examine the choices and decisions for palliative care currently available to residents of the ACT, and look ahead to the future of end of life care and the legal and medical implications of change.
The Victorian Government has established a Ministerial Advisory Panel to continue the consultation process in preparation for introducing assisting legislation later this year.
The panel …
Frances Coombes, President of SAVES (South Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Society), spoke to the DWDACT November 2016 General Meeting about the process of making changes to legislation to allow people to access assistance to die. She presented a brief history of the drive for law reform in SA, and on giving advice on effective means of promoting such reform – persistence, engaging with the public, respectful dialogue and involvement in the political process.