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75% of Victorians want a Voluntary Assisted Dying Law.
But it won't happen unless you contact your Local Member and tell them to support the bill. Please do it now.
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This week we'd like to thank our nurses. They work tirelessly to support not just patients, but their families and loved ones too.
If you have not been lucky enough to see Tara Nipe talk at one of our community events, then reading her latest article in The Age is a close second.
Tara Nipe is a registered nurse who has completed two Masters theses on ethics in end-of-life decision-making and care. In her article, she points out that it is nurses, not doctors, that see and feel patient's pain for extended periods of time.
"Nurses watch our patients suffering, not for the short review of a ward round or a bed-side consult, but for eight, 10, or 12 hours at a time, day after day. Many patients have been under our care before, in some cases for years – as resident doctors and registrars rotate through their training, we get to know our patients and their families as individuals, and we see their inexorable deterioration, hear their stoic gasps, gently sponge their fragile skin, hold their hands, walk beside them and bear witness to their suffering."
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation's Victorian branch have supported Go Gentle and our Stop Victorians Suffering campaign from the very beginning. That's over 76,000 nurses, midwives and carers who see the need for, and are actively working towards, a voluntary assisted dying law in Victoria.