Let Mark know your thoughts

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - COMMUNITY LIFE - MARK MY WORDS MARK MCARDLE

AN IN­QUIRY into eu­thana­sia and pal­lia­tive care has been com­menced by the Queens­land Par­lia­ment, with it be­ing re­ferred to the Health, Com­mu­ni­ties, Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices and Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Preven­tion Com­mit­tee on Novem­ber 14, with the fi­nal re­port due by Novem­ber 30, 2019.

The ques­tions sur­round­ing eu­thana­sia and pal­lia­tive care are fraught with deeply emo­tional, eth­i­cal and reli­gious be­liefs of­ten cou­pled with per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences.

Thus it is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant that we hear from our com­mu­nity.

Pa­tients, car­ers, health care work­ers, the ex­tended fam­ily and in­deed all of us have an opin­ion.

Many can tell from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence the dif­fi­culty these ques­tions arouse.

I en­cour­age all who have an opin­ion to read the terms of ref­er­ence and to let me know your thoughts through the form on my web­site.

Please note this is not a for­mal sub­mis­sion but an op­por­tu­nity to let me know your thoughts on the mat­ter.

You will be able to make a for­mal sub­mis­sion to the com­mit­tee in the com­ing months.

For now let’s com­mence an hon­est and re­spect­ful dis­cus­sion here on the Coast about end-of-life know­ing that our thoughts and com­ments could im­pact on the ul­ti­mate re­port by the Com­mit­tee. MARK MCARDLE’S DIS­CUS­SION FORM:

markm­cardlemp.com/ eu­thana­sia-dis­cus­sion. TERMS OF REF­ER­ENCE:

par­lia­ment.qld.gov.au.

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