Dying With Dignity Queensland Inc (DWDQ) is an incorporated not-for-profit organisation formed on the Sunshine Coast in 1985 and formerly known as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of Qld Inc (VESQ). After 30+ years of campaigning, Voluntary Assisted Dying was successfully passed by Queensland Parliament in September, 2021.
DWDQ aims to ensure the successful and careful implementation of Queensland's Voluntary Assisted Dying Act, and continues to engage the community, MPs and others on matters important to choice at the end of life. This includes ongoing campaigning in support of Voluntary Assisted Dying and potential reviews to Queensland's laws in the future.
President: Jos Hall - Jos has been president of DWDQ for eight years. Prior to retiring, she was a registered nurse with 48 years experience
Secretary: Phyllis Wagner - Retired Secondary Business Education Teacher, Mentor and District Educational Event Organiser.
Treasurer: Anyse Horman - Anyse has been DWDQ treasurer for 15 years. She has an Advanced Diploma of Business Accounting and is a retired owner and manager of small businesses.
Committee Member: Dr. Sid Finnigan, MBBS FRANZCO - a retired eye surgeon with sub specialty in ocular malignancies.
Committee Member: Jen Blake - Jen is a self-employed Business Consultant and a busy mum of two young go-getters. She is the daughter of VAD campaigner John Ancliffe, who recently passed away
Committee Member: Sheila Sim, M.A., M.S W. - has been a social worker in family health, pregnancy care and bereavement, for over 45 years.
What is voluntary assisted dying?
Voluntary assisted dying will provide an additional end of life option to a person who is dying, if they meet strict eligibility criteria.
Why we need a voluntary assisted dying law
Voluntary assisted dying will allow an eligible person already dying, the right to do so safely with medical support and care.
There is strict criteria for who will be able to access voluntary assisted dying. These include:
- The person requesting VAD must have a terminal illness that will cause them to die within 12 months
- They must be suffering intolerably
- They must be a Queensland resident and be able to prove that they have lived in Queensland for the previous twelve months
- They must request VAD two times to two independent medical practitioners and again directly prior to the administration of the VAD substance
Principles of Voluntary Assisted Dying
The principles that underpin Queensland's VAD Act are:
(a) human life is of fundamental importance;
(b) and every person has inherent dignity and should be treated equally and with compassion and respect;
(c) and a person’s autonomy, including autonomy in relation to end of life choices, should be respected;
(d) and every person approaching the end of life should be provided with high quality care and treatment, including palliative care, to minimise the person’s suffering and maximise the person’s quality of life;
(e) and access to voluntary assisted dying and other end of life choices should be available regardless of where a person lives in Queensland;
(f) and a person should be supported in making informed decisions about end of life choices;
(g) and a person who is vulnerable should be protected from coercion and exploitation;
(h) and a person’s freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief and enjoyment of their culture should be respected.
Dying with Dignity Queensland acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and seas on which we live and work, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
Dying with Dignity Queensland respects and values diverse life challenges, creating an environment that is inclusive of us all.