Cancer Survivor Wants Us to Think about Death
Byline: Adam Wratten email@example.com
LAST year more than 150 people turned out for a euthanasia seminar organised by controversial doctor Philip Nitschke in Rockhampton.
Following the meeting a voluntary euthanasia chapter was set up in the city.
According to Dr Nitschke the chapter is still going strong, with the internet breathing new life into it.
He said webinars enabled members to congregate and link with him online.
AURILEA Augustine can still recall the day nearly 20 years ago when a doctor told her she had cancer.
In the following months, the Rockhampton woman often thought about death and how her life would end.
Now, fully recovered and looking forward to a healthy future, Mrs Augustine wants more Rockhampton people to start thinking about end-of-life matters, such as euthanasia and palliative care.
The state's Cancer Voices secretary has organised a Queensland-first forum for the organisation on the topic, which features a high-profile panel including former Central Queensland Supreme Court judge Alan Demack, prominent Rockhampton doctor John Agar-Wilson and the Reverend Dr Noel Preston.
Mr Demack will talk about the legal issues surrounding euthanasia and end-of-life concerns, Dr Agar-Wilson will cover the medical aspect and Dr Preston the ethical.
Graham Fenlon will also talk about palliative care issues at the End of Life Conversation, which will be held at Cancer Council Queensland's office on Tuesday, November 16. …