- Why change the law?
- Human rights
- Compassion for those who are suffering.
We believe that people should have the right to avoid protracted and unnecessary suffering when they are seriously ill and have no hope for recovery. Over 80% of Australians agree. Opinion polls repeatedly show that most Australians want the option to choose a peaceful death when they are terminally or incurably ill and experiencing unrelievable suffering. However state governments have consistently refused to pass laws to legalise voluntary assisted dying for fear of alienating powerful minority groups.
Legislative change is important for the sake of
Voluntary assisted dying is legal in a number of overseas jurisdictions, including Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and four American states - Washington State, Oregon, Montana and Vermont. A large body of evidence demonstrates that these laws are working safely and effectively.
Dying with Dignity NSW believe that legalisation should be accompanied by strict safeguards, so that people are protected under the law.
- What we do
- Lobbying politicians and writing submissions with the aim of achieving legislative change.
- Using the Media to focus attention on the issue of voluntary assisted dying. We conduct public forums, liaise with journalists and present the pro-choice perspective in media interviews. We also write articles and send letters to newspapers and on-line journals.
- Encourage our members to express their views via the media, and to contact politicians via letters or personal visits, particularly prior to elections.
- Conduct workshops and public lectures to the community groups, professionals and students on the reasons why voluntary assisted dying should be lawful in Australia.
- Provide information on the latest developments related to voluntary assisted dying in Australia and overseas, via our website and newsletter.
- Provide Advanced Health Care Directives, so that our members can protect themselves to the extent that is possible under the current law.
The activities of Dying with Dignity NSW include:
- How can I help?
- Join Dying with Dignity NSW. The larger our membership, the stronger our political clout.
- Talk to friends and family members about the issue of voluntary assisted dying, and ask them to join our organisation as well.
- Make a donation to help us continue our important work.
- When the issue of voluntary assisted dying is being discussed in the media, join the debate. Write letters to the editor, call radio talk back and add your comments on-line.
- Participate in our 'Current Campaigns'
In order to succeed, we need more people to actively engage in the debate. This requires us to build our membership, increase our resources and mobilise more vocal support. You can help by doing any or all of the following:
- Current Campaigns
- Make a submission to the Senate Inquiry: Exposure draft of the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2014
- Help our Campaign 2014-2015: Letters to Members of Parliament.
- Write to or visit your NSW MP and let them know that this issue is important to you and to the vast majority of Australians, and that it is their job to represent the wishes of their constituents in the Parliament. Remind them that their stance on this issue will affect your vote in the NSW Election.
- Vote for Pro-Choice Candidates at the State Election, including Voluntary Euthanasia Party.
Dying with Dignity NSW is an active law reform organisation pursuing a change in the law that will enhance self-determination and dignity at the end of life.
Our aim is legislation that entitles a mentally competent adult experiencing unrelievable suffering from a terminal or incurable illness to receive medical assistance to end their life peacefully, if that is what he or she wants.
We are a not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee.
We rely on membership, donations and bequests in order to continue our work.