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Parliamentary committee on end of life choices: Submissions now open

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Submissions are now open for South Australia’s parliamentary Joint Committee on End of Life Choices. Relevant submissions are being sought by the joint house committee, which has been established to inquire into and report on:

(a) The practices currently being utilised within the medical community to assist a person to exercise their preferences for the way they manage their end of life when experiencing chronic and/or terminal illnesses, including the role of palliative care;

(b) The current legal framework, relevant reports and materials in other Australian states and territories and overseas jurisdictions, including the Victorian and Western Australian Parliamentary Inquiries into end-of-life choices, Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (2017) and implementation of the associated reforms;

(c) What legislative changes may be required, including consideration of: The appropriateness of the Parliament of South Australia enacting a Bill in similar terms to Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (2017); and an examination of any federal laws that may impact such legislation.

(d) Any other related matter.

Submissions close on Thursday, 1 August 2019 and can be submitted in any format/length to the Secretariat at jcendoflifechoices@parliament.sa.gov.au.

The ANMF (SA Branch) will be making a submission to this informed by members. As such, we invite any and all member feedback by 1 July to enquiry@anmfsa.org.au

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10 thoughts on "Parliamentary committee on end of life choices: Submissions now open"

  1. Melanie says:

    These laws need to be passed now.
    It is a persons right to choose how they die ,with dignity and respect, instead of travelling in a compromised state by plane to another state or country to do so.

  2. Daphne says:

    As a registered nurse of approx 38 years I have seen my fair share of people dying. I have become a firm believer in assisted death on end of life choices.

  3. Maria says:

    Should be a right to stop medical treatment when it is prolonging the suffering at the end stage and have good palliative care

  4. Mel says:

    We are so focused on quantity in the health care sector that we need the laws and the culture to change into quality driven quantity. Quantity without quality isn’t an achievement it’s cruelty!

  5. Pravin says:

    Everybody should have a choice & say on “how they want to have their death & end of life care. One should have every right to chose to end his/her life with sound mental capacity if any medical intervention is not going to enhance the person’s quality of life or the person is living his/her everyday life in agony”. These things can only be felt & experienced by the person who is suffering not the medical professional nor anyone else. So, end of life choices should be legalised in SA but under strict conditions as I mentioned above.

  6. Linda says:

    These laws need to be passed now.
    It is a persons right to choose how they die, with dignity and respect

  7. Linda says:

    I too strongly believe that these laws need to be passed now. Everyone should be able to choose how they die or have previously signed documents so that their support person can make decisions on their behalf to die with dignity and respect without suffering.

  8. carolyn says:

    Very important that this becomes a Australian law. No death with pain wishes of person vital

  9. Jackie says:

    Why should people die in pain when we humanely euthanise our terminally ill pets to put them out of their misery and pain

  10. Jackie says:

    Please let us die with dignity and in peace

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