According to Palliative Care SA about 6000 South Australians will die this year without adequate palliative care. Would you support:
- Increased funding for palliative care in this State?
- an inquiry into improving end of life treatment for South Australians and in particular into how palliative care may be improved?
Labor Party Position:
No Labor members have answered the questionnaire.
SA Best Position:
There has been only one response from an SA Best candidate. That response advised there is no party policy on this as yet.
The Greens Position:
No SA Greens candidate has answered the questionnaire. The Greens policy is:
The Greens SA want:
People diagnosed with a terminal illness to be able to die with dignity
Adults to be able to choose their own care and treatment for a terminal illness
Hospitals and doctors to be able to support people in their choice of treatments without compunction
The Greens SA will initiate and support legislation that allows for voluntary euthanasia or physician assisted dying in strictly limited situations, where the following conditions are satisfied:
The applicant is a mentally competent adult (18 years or older)
The person with the terminal illness must, at the time of application and at all later stages in the process, be currently experiencing pain or suffering associated with that terminal illness
The relevant law must set out each and every one of the protections outlined below to establish that the application is voluntary and remains so throughout the process
The relevant law will only be available to someone who is confirmed by two separate, independent medical practitioners as being in the final stages of a terminal illness
The Greens SA 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
Ensure that the applicant is made aware that the approved medical professional to whom the request is made may refuse the request, in which case the applicant may approach a different approved medical professional
Ensure that the applicant has been provided with levels of care, physical support and psychological support that are appropriate to their circumstances
Ensure that the applicant has attempted all practically available evidence-based treatments and pain management measures, including where relevant, psychological support
Limit the application of the legislation to South Australian residents
Ensure that, when acting in compliance with the legislation, the applicant and any person who deals with or gives effect to a request does not incur any criminal or civil liability and is not liable to any disciplinary proceeding
Protect the right of medical professionals or other medical staff to not be involved in any aspect of voluntary euthanasia unless they choose to
Support increases in funding and support for palliative care, including both local hospice and home-based care