40pc support choice
MORE than 40 per cent of Australians would ‘‘ take the option of euthanasia if available’’ if they were terminally ill with just weeks to live, a poll has indicated.
The research, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia, also suggests strong support for the permitted, though legally fraught, option of refusing treatment ‘‘ even if this means they would die sooner’’.
The online poll involved 2505 Australians and was undertaken in October last year. While it focused on dementia, respondents were asked what they would want if they were terminally ill with only a few weeks to live.
More than half ( 54 per cent) said they would want to write ‘‘ advance care directives’’ while still mentally competent.