Tag Archives: end of life

Victoria’s new voluntary assisted dying laws – what do they mean for NZ debate?

As the debate over New Zealand’s End of Life Bill continues, it is a good idea to see what is happening “over the ditch” as Victoria passes its new assisted dying laws. Victoria’s new laws came into effect on 19 June this year. For the first time in over 20 …

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It is time to plan for your future

Talking about death and dying is hard. Most of us will not die suddenly. We all, in theory, have lots of time to think, talk and plan for our future and end-of-life care. Yet for most families this conversation does not happen or, if it does, then only when someone …

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History of Euthanasia in New Zealand

The origin of the word is the Greek eu thanaos, meaning ‘good death’ or to die well without pain. Euthanasia is the act of deliberately ending the life of another person by non-violent means. Euthanasia, including voluntary euthanasia, is illegal in New Zealand. However, there have been attempts to change the law. Euthanasia …

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Talking about dying: How to begin honest conversations

Modern health care, the efforts of health care professionals and our healthier lifestyles have resulted in humans living longer than ever before. It has also resulted in a larger number of people who are living with increasingly complex illnesses for longer periods of time. Even though we may live longer, …

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