Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide is a recurring topic of public discourse.
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has released their position statement which highlights:
- prioritisation of good quality end of life care
- ensuring that co-morbid conditions that may impact on a patient’s desire for euthanasia have been adequately and optimally managed (e.g. mental health conditions, cognitive disorders, chronic disease)
The AMA does not endorse euthanasia but acknowledges that there is a diverse range of opinion both within the medical profession and public and that ongoing conversation about the ethical and legal implications is important.
See the full statement (2016) below: