What We Do
SAVES was established in 1983 to campaign for legal voluntary euthanasia.
SAVES is a registered charity under the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) and has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office.
SAVES holds regular public meetings. Details of the next public meeting are here.
SAVES aim is to stop the suffering of people at the end of their life.
SAVES Primary Objective
To change the law in South Australia so that, provided agreed safeguards are met, it is legal for a person to request and receive assistance to die. Safeguards would include
The person’s suffering is unbearable
There are no further treatments available to relieve the person’s suffering
Two independent doctors have assessed and diagnosed the person’s condition
The person has been informed of all options
The person’s request has been witnessed by two independent witnesses
The person is an adult, and assessed as being of sound mind
A cooling off period has been provided after the request.
SAVES works to achieve our aim and objective through three key strategies.
Strategy 1: Advocate to MPs
SAVES encourages members and friends to talk to their local State Member of Parliament about the need for law reform to legalise voluntary euthanasia. Voluntary Euthanasia (VE) Bills in South Australia have always been presented as a Private Member's Bill, and MPs are allowed a conscience vote when the Bill is decided. This means that each MP makes their own decision on how they will vote and whether they will propose any amendments. MPs listen to their constituents and it is essential that they hear from supporters of voluntary euthanasia.
One activity is the regular stalls in Rundle Mall, where members of the public are invited to write to their local State MP explaining why they want them to support law reform.
Strategy 2: Consult on legislation
SAVES works with MPs on the development of Bills and amendments. SAVES has been involved in the development of every one of the 11 Bills presented to the South Australian Parliament since the first Bill tabled by John Quirke in 1995 (ALP, Member for Playford).
Strategy 3: Inform and Encourage Public Debate
SAVES undertakes many activities to stimulate pubic debate on Ending the Suffering. These include:
Public forums in the Box Factory, Regent St South, Adelaide twice each year, and special forums such as the June 2015 forum at the Hawke Centre.
Publication of the SAVES Bulletin three times each year with news and updates on the campaign.
Distribution of the SAVES Newsletter every sitting week, highlighting a different area of debate each week.
Responding to and initiating interest from the media.
Supporting the seven Advocacy Groups representing doctors, nurses, paramedics, people with disabilities, young people, christians and lawyers.
Providing the SAVES display for use in public spaces such as libraries, schools and community centres.
SAVES provides speakers for community or corporate groups.
SAVES produces pamphlets to inform public debate.
The SAVES campaign for law reform is undertaken in the knowledge that a majority of Australians have consistently supported voluntary euthanasia. In the 2017 Morgan Poll, 85% of Australians supported the choice of voluntary euthanasia for a person with unrelievable suffering.