Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws have been passed in Victoria (2017) and Western Australia (2019). By mid 2021, one in three Australians will have access to an assisted death when their suffering becomes unbearable. There are many individuals and organisations which have worked hard over many years to achieve this compassionate outcome and continue to advocate for law reform in other States and Territories.
Partner organisations and individuals who SAVES works with are listed below, as well as links to major sources of factual information about VAD around the world.
Facebook pages provide stories and information which could be passed on to your local Member of Parliament.
A Peaceful End facebook page run by Angie Miller. Angie's father, Dusty Miller, established the iconic Birdsville Bakery. Angie became a campaigner for Voluntary Assisted Dying after the distressing experience of sitting with her father over an extended period as he died.
My Body My Choice facebook page provides information on VAD, with a focus on access for people with a disability.
Advocacy Groups listed below represent different interest groups who advocate for VAD law reform.
- Doctors for Assisted Dying Choice
- South Australian Nurses Supporting Choices in Dying
- Christians Supporting Choice for Voluntary Assisted Dying
- Voluntary Assisted Dying Youth Advocates
- Lawyers for Death with Dignity
- Paramedics Supporting Choices in Dying
- Accessible Voluntary Assisted Dying
Go Gentle Australia was established by Andrew Denton to support VAD law reform. The Go Gentle Australia website provides excellent resources - such as documentaries, podcasts, books, articles - which can inform your discussions on VAD and counter the misinformation spread by opponents of VAD.
DyingForChoice was established by Neil Francis, a Melbourne based advocate for VAD. Neil was Past President of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies and maintains an enormous special-purpose database of peer-reviewed professional journal papers on all aspects of assisted dying.
Oregon Department of Health Annual Reports provide detailed information on the operation of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act. The first report was published in 1999.
World Federation of Right to Die Societies is based in The Netherlands. The WFRtDS site includes links to societies around the world working towards legalising assisted dying.
State and Territory Partners - each state and territory has an active group supporting VAD law reform
- Dying with Dignity NSW
- Dying with Dignity Victoria
- Dying with Dignity Tasmania
- Dying with Dignity Western Australia
- Dying with Dignity Qld
- Northern Territory Voluntary Euthanasia Society
- Dying with Dignity ACT
Advance Care Directives are a valuable tool to provide guidance to medical professionals and carers on your end of life wishes.
(SAVES is not affiliated with Exit International or Dr Philip Nitschke.)