Dr Death dies a natural death

The man who advocated the right to die when disease became intolerable dies a natural death. Continue reading

Medically defined death

Modern death is medically controlled-you can’t escape! Continue reading

South Australia leads on euthanasia reform

Labor MP Steph Key

The news that South Australia is to house our first  euthanasia clinic  is welcome. Continue reading

Passionate debate at Aged Care Forum

Caroline Sevcikova and Barbara Hill

How Australia funds its aged care sector, regulates the industry and ensures access to quality care services were among the issues debated at a forum in Melbourne last week. Continue reading

A glass of wine or quality of care

Listening to Australia Talks on Radio National this week I was disappointed but not surprised by the paucity of the conversation about our aged care crisis. Continue reading

How much is one human life worth?

Glynis Knacker has mesothelioma. She has just weeks left to live having exhausted the  mutilating surgery, the gruelling chemotherapy and  the restorative blood transfusions. Continue reading

Winning the war against death

Death comes for a young man 1856

You might be pleased to know that we are winning the dying game. Continue reading

In praise of natural burial

Castle Chase Burial Ground, USK, South Wales

A natural burial is a sustainable one, accounting for 7% of burials in the U.K. Continue reading

Death denial in intensive care units

Compass- ABC

Elderly patients, unlikely to survive are increasingly the occupants of Intensive care beds.

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A biased picture of death

4 Corners- ABC

Known as a “larrikin”, John has terminal cancer of the bowel and is suffering from pain that he “wouldn’t wish on his worst enemy” . “It throbs and throbs, shoots down your leg- it’s just too much”. John is one of four dying Australians who took part in a Four Corners documentary called A Good Death. Continue reading