Voluntary Assisted Dying Information Session calls on Premier to release report on the 30 Nov 2019

14 Oct 2019 3:21 PMJann Stuckey Voluntary Assisted Dying Information Session calls on Premier to release report on the 30 Nov 2019

State Member for Currumbin, Ms Jann Stuckey thanked the residents of Currumbin community for their attendance at the Information Session on Palliative Care and Voluntary Assisted Dying held at Currumbin RSL on Wednesday 2nd October.

“Support for this event was strong with numerous local residents and health sector representatives in attendance,” Ms Stuckey said.

“I particularly wish to thank our guest speakers Shyla Mills from Palliative Care Queensland and David Muir from the Clem Jones Foundation, who spoke knowledgeably, passionately and informatively about their specific area of interest and were able to answer the raft of questions.

“Many people are aware of the Inquiry before Queensland Parliament’s Health Committee which is looking at a number of issues including Palliative Care and Voluntary Assisted Dying,” Ms Stuckey said.

“I felt, it was important, that as a part of the public consultation process, our community was given the opportunity to hear about the current laws and potential changes to the laws surrounding these critical issues and what that may mean for them.

“This was not be a debate or a public hearing and did not replace the formal public hearings held by Queensland Parliament’s Health Committee.

“I wanted to provide a safe environment for our community, where they could be correctly informed, be free to ask questions and listen respectfully to the views of other residents about these issues.

“During the public forum, there was an overwhelming show of hands, to support forwarding a request to the Premier that the Voluntary Assisted Dying report be delivered as originally proposed on the 30 November, 2019 timeline, and be dealt with as a matter of urgency prior to the State Election in 2020.

“Based on the positive feedback that I have received from the day, I believe we all came away with a better understanding about Palliative Care, Voluntary Assisted Dying and end-of-life programs that are before our Parliament for discussion,” Ms Stuckey concluded.

Ends 11/10/2019