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What does the passage of our VAD Act mean to you? Please share your story.

The passage of Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation will reduce anxiety and trauma in our society even before anyone applies to take advantage of its provisions. Please share your story on what the Queensland VAD Act means to you, by submitting your message here.

 

Mary Collins 

"I don't know if my condition for asking for assisted help with dying will meet those that have been agreed to.  I believe that if I have been considered eligible for nursing home care  then I am close to dying.  I believe that spending my last days being cared for in a nursing home is not dying with dignity. I am appalled at the thought that I would be condemned to spend most of my last days in bed with a nappy that will be changed by a carer.  I am 78 and this is my main worry about my future." 

 

VAD law pioneer, former NT chief minister Marshall Perron 

“If the terminally ill have a right to die with dignity at a time they choose, the situation can be very different. There is also evidence that having access to the means to die can reinvigorate the will to live. The reason being that the individual knows they are in control of when they will die.” 

 

Cynthia Workman, Bundaberg.

On the 15th  of Jan my father-in-law succumbed to his cancer which was riddled throughout his body. Glen was a strong proud man who worked his life as a car panel beater. He loved his garden and was saddened when he could no longer enjoy his biggest love apart from family was his fishing and it was a very sad day when it went into the shed for the last time. If only VAD was in he could have died a more peaceful way. The passage of VAD would have given him peace-of-mind. The peace we, his family, would have felt would have erased that nightmare that we feel we are still living today! R.I.P Glen.

 

Phyllis Wagner, DWDQ Secretary

I have had people come to talk with me mainly to share how they were looking forward to the final implementation of VAD. I heard comments such as, “I don’t know if I will use it, but knowing that can be so restful.” “It gives me control of my life again.” “This has been my life all along, now I have control again. It is my choice.”

Kurt Wagner 1946-2021

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