Voluntary Assisted Dying
“. . . Assisted dying legislation takes one kind of death and aims to make it easier. It’s a deeply sympathetic goal. It also opens the door to new kinds of suffering and abuse, unintended but not unforeseeable.
So, the question cannot be: how do we eliminate suffering? The law can’t do that. The question must be: what kind of society are we? What are our bedrock values? And who do they advantage – or disadvantage – the most?”
Dr Natasha Moore
Position Statement on Euthanasia, Physician Assisted Suicide and Voluntary Assisted Dying.
Calvary Health Care does not support euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide nor do we recognise these interventions as medical treatments or expressions of care for a person.
Accordingly, Calvary is not and will not be involved in the implementation of any Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation and Calvary will not provide services permitted under this or any similar legislation.
Calvary is committed to responding openly, respectfully, sensitively and without discrimination to anyone in our care who expresses a wish to explore or consider physician-assisted suicide.
For more information about Calvary’s position and our approach to end of life care, please click on an option below.
There are legitimate concerns over assisted suicide proposals before our parliaments.
Just over 150,000 Australians will die this year, about half in hospital. It’s the reality that hums in the background of our everyday lives, which is where most of us are happy to leave it. The bills debated in various states and territories across Australia have forced us to face something most of us have been happy to avoid or leave to others.
Calvary respects the experiences of those advocating for Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD). At the same time, we invite you to explore the resources below that raise important issues when considering VAD.