How should Australia respond to media- publicised developments on euthanasia in Belgium?

Bhatia, Neera, White, Ben and Deliens, Luc 2016, How should Australia respond to media- publicised developments on euthanasia in Belgium?, Journal of law and medicine, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 835-848.

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Title How should Australia respond to media- publicised developments on euthanasia in Belgium?
Author(s) Bhatia, NeeraORCID iD for Bhatia, Neera
White, Ben
Deliens, Luc
Journal name Journal of law and medicine
Volume number 23
Issue number 4
Start page 835
End page 848
Total pages 13
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2016-06
ISSN 1320-159X
Keyword(s) euthansia
assisted dying
Summary This article considers the implications that recent euthanasia developments in Belgium might have for the Australian debate on assisted dying. Through media database and internet searches, four significant developments in Belguim were identified: three cases involving individuals who requested access to euthanasia, and recent changes to the Belgian Act on Euthanasia 2002, allowing children access to euthanasia. The article outlines these developments and then examines how they have been discussed in Australia by the different sides of the euthanasia debate. It concludes that these developments are important considerations that legislators and policy-makers in Australia should engage with, but argues that that engagement must be rational and also informed by the significant evidence base that is now available on how the Belgian (and other) assisted dying regimes operate in practice.
Language eng
Field of Research 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
18 Law And Legal Studies
11 Medical And Health Sciences
22 Philosophy And Religious Studies
Socio Economic Objective 949999 Law
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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