The Australian Care Alliance warmly congratulates Emeritus Professor John Murtagh on his well-deserved honour as an Officer of the Order of Australia.
His endorsement, as set out below, of the Alliance has been a great encouragement to us in our work of opposing assisted suicide law.
John Murtagh AO
MBBS, Bsc, Bed, FRACGP, DipOBST RCOG|Emeritus Professor, General Practice, Monash University
“It is pleasing to note that ACA is emphasising the importance of appropriate access to palliative care.”
Read his full letter of endorsement here.
Writing in Le Temps Swiss aged care physician Dr Jacques Aubert reflects on the reasons for the increasing requests for assisted suicide from Swiss seniors.
He explores five societal injunctions which "with the power of a Jungian collective unconscious, become problematic in the fourth age", that is for people approaching their eighties and older, as they seem to validate "the nonsense of the pursuit of a life that no longer meets these criteria".
Reporting on a meeting of the Netherlands Association for a Voluntary End of Life (NVVE), Guardian journalist correctly identifies the "strong whiff of [white] upper-middle class entitlement" that pervades pro-euthanasia movements everywhere.
The Netherlands and Belgian euthanasia movements are increasingly impatient of any reluctance by any doctor to accede to a demand for euthanasia whether it is from a mentally ill young person or the family members of a person with dementia.
Divorced, white and male patients were more likely to commit suicide than married or single, non-white and female patients. The highest risk of suicide was within the first two months after diagnosis.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is currently advertising for "VAD Care Navigators" calling for "Clinical Nurse Consultants Grade 6 or Grade 4 Allied Health Professionals or Grade 4 Psychologists" to fill a new State-wide role in facilitating the assisted suicide or euthanasia of people across Victoria by matching those seeking to end their lives with willing doctors.
The job description notes that "At Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, our normal days are extraordinary."
For the new assisted suicide facilitator this catchphrase will take on a whole new meaning as the extraordinary and unethical act of intentionally ending the life of a patient is made normal - just another day in the office.
At least six Australians were assisted to suicide in Switzerland in 2018.
The latest statistics released by Dignitas reveal that it has assisted a total of 32 Australians to suicide in Switzerland since 2003, with 5 cases in 2018 alone.
Additionally, David Goodall, was assisted to suicide at the Basel clinic of Eternal Spirit (lifecircle) in May 2018. Goodall was not terminally ill and had no major disease, so assisted suicide is apparently being offered also for those “tired of life”.