Paul Russell is the director of HOPE, an organisation which aims to prevents euthanasia and assisted suicide.

They recently held their international symposium in Adelaide, featuring expert speakers from a range of backgrounds, including many who have lost their own loved ones to euthanasia.

The experience in the Netherlands and Belgium, where euthanasia is legal, is clear: euthanasia is common and wide reaching, and it cannot be made safe.

Listen to Paul's comments below. Click here to visit HOPE's website.

One crucial aspect of this issue is the importance of mental health care. Click here to listen to Julianne Whyte talk about this in a previous episode.