Physician Assisted Suicide - Palliative Care

Michael McCabe
Issue 1, August 2000

The recent visit to New Zealand of euthanasia advocate, Dr Philip Nitschke, the submission for ballot of a Death with Dignity Bill by MP Peter Brown, and the announcement of a further $3.5m [in addition to the $13.5m currently spent] for palliative care, by Health Minister Annette King, highlights an on-going debate in New Zealand about the care of the dying.

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A National Strategy for Palliative Care

Rod MacLeod
Issue 2, November 2000

Palliative care is the active total care of people by a multi-professional team when a person's disease is not responsive to curative treatment. It

  • affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
  • aims neither to hasten nor postpone death
  • aims to provide relief from distressing symptoms
  • integrates physical, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of care
  • offers help to the family during the person's illness and bereavement

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Editorial: Compassion - Beyond Constraint

Michael McCabe
Issue 4, August 2001

One of the themes frequently heard from hospice team members and from those who work in aged-care facilities concerns the constraints placed upon their work of compassion.

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Necessaries of Life

Dr David Collins, QC
Issue 4, August 2001

The duty to provide "necessaries of life" plays an important role in regulating professional behaviour in a medical setting. The phrase "necessaries of life" has been especially significant in several ethically complex and high profile cases before the New Zealand Courts. We have asked Dr David Collins, QC, a member of the Panel of Advisors for The Nathaniel Centre to explain its importance and legal significance.

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