I may have only five years left to live, but knowing that I can now choose a gentle death has calmed the fear and anxiety I have lived with for so long, writes Nia Sims.
When it comes to social issues, nothing unites Australian voters quite like the topic of voluntary euthanasia, according to the ABC's Vote Compass.
Guy Kennaway was shocked when his mother asked him to help end her life. But he doesn't want her to suffer a painful "modern medical death" like his stepfather did.
Suffering from a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, Troy Thornton wanted to die at home but was forced to travel overseas because he could not get two doctors to certify that he would definitely die within 12 months.
Terminally ill patients in Victoria are set to be able to request a legal drug to end their lives, but strict clauses might prevent people from making that choice — even when it's their right.
The Queensland Premier orders an inquiry into end-of-life care, including the issue of voluntary euthanasia, saying the issue must be confronted.
Voluntary euthanasia won't be legal in the ACT or the Northern Territory for the foreseeable future, with a Senate bill voted down last night — but politicians in Canberra say the fight is not over.
The chief ministers of the Northern Territory and the ACT have ramped up calls to restore the territories' rights to make their own voluntary euthanasia laws, releasing a full-page advertisement directed at the Federal Senate.
The ACT and NT may soon wrestle back control of its euthanasia laws — more than two decades after the NT's landmark legalisation of the practise was voided by the Commonwealth.