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Euthanasia; has the term been hijacked?

Author: Rob Gill
27 October 2014
  • Prof. Rod McLeod speaks at the Palliative Care NSW conference in Sydney last week.

Professor Rod McLeod believes that were there adequate provision of palliative care, instances of euthanasia - including physician assisted suicide - would be minimised. He says the recent euthanasia groundswell would appear to be a natural progression of people's belief that we have a right to choice in all that we do.

McLeod wears two caps ... senior staff specialist in palliative care for HammondCare and Professor of Palliative Care at Sydney University.

He spoke at last week's Palliative Care NSW conference in Sydney on the HammondCare initiative Palliative Care Bridge, where the NSW Government funds home support packages backing the choice of patients to receive end of life care at home. ehospice will run an article this week on his presentation.

Professor McLeod has also recorded an in-house interview on the euthanasia question, where he expresses his belief that much of the current public debate stems from people's fear of a prolonged death. He suggests that in the push for "right to die" laws in several Australian jurisdictions, no one government has yet to come up with watertight legislation.

Any comments or opinions contained in this article do not necessarily represent those of ehospice and/or any contributors to this site. Palliative Care Australia’s position on voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide can be viewed here.

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