VAD legislation update: federal government to legislate to allow the ACT and Northern Territory to introduce voluntary assisted dying

VAD legislation update: federal government to legislate to allow the ACT and Northern Territory to introduce voluntary assisted dying The recently-elected federal government has indicated that, as part of its legislative program, it will seek to repeal the Euthanasia Laws Act (passed under the Howard Government in 1997) that prevents the ACT parliament and the…

CVN 2022 Strategic Workshop

CVN 2022 Strategic Workshop CVN has held its 2022 strategic workshop which comprised three separate two hour webinars – 11 and 25 February and 8 April. We are grateful for the guidance and direction provided by our facilitator, consultant Graeme Gherashe. Graeme continues to support us on a pro bono basis. Graeme continued to challenge…

LGBTIQ+ palliative and end-of-life care resources

LGBTIQ+ palliative and end-of-life care resources Specific resources for LGBTIQ+ people have been recently developed with the title Taking control: LGBTQ+ Toolkit for Palliative Care and End of Life Decisions. You can access the resources here https://www.acon.org.au/what-we-are-here-for/palliative-care-support/ The resources emphasise that: It’s best to start having end of life conversations before you need to, even if it…

NSW Government recognises diversity and inclusion in first ever LGBTIQ+ Health Strategy

NSW Government recognises diversity and inclusion in first ever LGBTIQ+ Health Strategy In an important development for our state, the NSW Government recently released the first-ever LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer) Health Strategy 2022-2027. The NSW LGBTIQ+ Health Strategy (the Strategy) marks a significant commitment in the history of the NSW health system. The…

Federal election imminent: what commitments need to be made to help improve the lives of those affected by cancer?

Federal election imminent: what commitments need to be made to help improve the lives of those affected by cancer? With the federal election to be held before the end of May this year, cancer and broader health organisations have been developing election ‘manifestos‘ or ‘platforms’ for presentation to federal politicians in the lead-up to the…

National Pancreatic Roadmap launched

National Pancreatic Roadmap launched The Australian Government has launched the National Pancreatic Cancer Roadmap (Roadmap) and has committed $20.3 million to support improved outcomes and survival for Australians affected by pancreatic cancer. The National Pancreatic Cancer Roadmap identifies 33 key priority areas and 60 strategies for collective action over the next five years to 2027.…