A group of eminent Tasmanians have just released a great resource which answers questions about euthanasia: REALdignitytas.com
You will be able to hear about true dignity and the dangers of euthanasia to our society by such experts as: Dr Jeremy Prichard (Criminal Law Lecturer),Dr Nicholas Cooling (Senior Lecturer & GP),The Honourable William Cox (Former Governor of Tasmania), Professor Ray Rowenthal (Director Medical Oncology), Dr Paul Dunne (Palliative Care Specialist), The Honourable Ray Groom (Southern Cross Care), Professor Michael Tate (International Law Lecturer) and Dr Kristi Giselsson (Doctor of Philosophy).
Below are links to questions that can be answered from this website:
Euthanasia is the deliberate act undertaken by one person with the intention of ending the life of another person in order to relieve that person’s suffering.
Assisted suicide is the act of intentionally killing oneself with the assistance of another who provides the knowledge, means or both.
Euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal in Tasmania. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are illegal in all states and territories of Australia; and in almost all other countries in the world.
- Patients do not receive unwanted, burdensome and futile treatments.
- A competent adult may refuse medical treatment even if that refusal will result in his or her death…
Whilst it is important to recognise the difficulties experienced by the small number of individuals suffering such pain, what is clear from this finding is that in those small number of cases, terminal sedation or the administration of pain relief is a legally acceptable response. There is no need to introduce intentional killing as a treatment option.
It is important to note that euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide is not a component of palliative care. Palliative Care Australia, the national peak body for Palliative Care in Australia states that ‘The practice of palliative and end of life care does not include deliberate ending of life through voluntary euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide, even if the patient requests this
Often the questions asked in opinion polls are ambiguous or not situated in the correct context Opinion polls show that the closer a person is involved in palliative care and with the dying, the less likely that person is to be in favour of euthanasia.