Dying With Dignity | Australian Greens

Dying With Dignity

Dying With Dignity

There's a Better Way

The Greens SA do not believe in forcing people to continue to exist in painful or degrading conditions against their will.

The Greens SA seek to save and preserve life, but we do not believe in forcing people to prolong their lives under conditions of suffering at the end-point of life. When people have a terminal illness and are suffering to such an extent that they no longer wish to have their lives prolonged, they should be able to seek a peaceful death under medical supervision with their families in attendance or ask consenting medical practitioners to help them end their lives.

TAKING ACTION

The Greens believe that dying with dignity should be a basic human right. In SA, the Greens have introduced multiple voluntary euthanasia Bills, which have been defeated by the narrowest of margins. The Greens vision is for a society that respects and values an individual’s right to choose.

The Greens will:

  • Introduce and support legislation that will:
    • Allow a terminally ill adult to end their life with the help of an approved medical professional after being fully informed of the likely progress of the terminal illness, forms of practically available evidence-based treatment and the possible side-effects, benefits and outcomes;
    • Ensure that the applicant, by reason of pain or suffering associated with a terminal illness, truly wishes to end their life and has not been pressured into their decision by others, or has made the request as consequence of a mental disorder;
  • Protect the right of medical professionals or other medical staff to not be involved in any aspect of voluntary euthanasia unless they choose to; and
  • Support increases in funding and support for palliative care, including both local hospice and home-based care.