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If you are a medical doctor practicing anywhere in Australia, or even retired, you are warmly invited to join the Drs4VEchoice.org group. By joining, you add your name as a signatory to respectful letters (read examples here...) urging neutrality, choice and law reform for voluntary euthanasia, so that doctors and patients alike may make decisions in line with their own circumstances, beliefs and values.
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You'll be in good company. Research shows that 96% of doctors believe a request for assisted dying can be rational, 53% of doctors think that voluntary euthanasia should be legalised, 52% think that the AMA should change its stance on the issue (from opposed), 36% of general surgeons have already given drugs in doses higher than necessary with the intention of hastening death, and of doctors receiving requests for hastended death 35% have also administered drugs with the intention of hastening death.1, 2, 3, 4
- Kuhse, H. and Singer, P. (1988), Doctors' practices and attitudes regarding voluntary euthanasia, Med. J. Aust., 148; 623-627.
- Baume, P. and O'Malley, E. (1994), Euthanasia, attitudes and practises of medical practitioners, Med. J. Aust., 161; 137-144.
- Douglas, C., Kerridge, I., Rainbird, K., McPhee, J., Hancock, L., Spigelman, A. (2001), The intention to hasten death: a survey of attitudes and practices of surgeons in Australia. Med. J. Aust., 175; 511-515.
- Neil, D. A., Coady, C.A.J., Thompson, J. and Kuhse, H. (2007), End-of-life decisions in medical practice: a survey of doctors in Victoria (Australia), JME, 33; 721-725.