TRUST: by News WeeklyNews Weekly
Palliative Care, not Euthanasia
, November 15, 2003
TRUST is a non-affiliated alliance of individuals who uphold the equal worth and dignity of each human person; and who promote palliative and other supportive measures that assist people to live with illness, incapacity and dying. We therefore oppose euthanasia.
TRUST was prompted into existence by the Euthanasia legislation in the Northern Territory, and the threat of similar legislation in other States and the Australian Capital Territory.
In response to this situation, many prominent people in Australian public life from different States, from different professional, social, political, religious and secular backgrounds have lent their name to TRUST.
In light of recent trends overseas (e.g. the UK's Mental Incapacity Bill), we see the need to relaunch TRUST and prepare for the long fight that will oppose the legalisation of euthanasia. The deliberate intention to end a patient's life is to accept a form of homicide as a component of medical treatment. To assist a patient to take his/her own life is to legitimise assisted suicide as an acceptable social principle.
TRUST does not advocate the continued use of futile or burdensome treatment for the management of terminal illness.
It fully supports the right of a patient to refuse medical treatment, while being a strong advocate for the provision of adequate palliative care services.
TRUST stands for a trusting relationship between the patient and the caregiver and between the patient and society as a whole.If you are interested in becoming involved in TRUST, or would like more information, please phone 03 9326 5757 and register your interest.