What can Oregon teach Australia about dying?

When

12.00pm–1.00pm

19 September 2012

Societies are confronted by many intractable problems (e.g. climate change, asylum seeking, water management) that cross departmental boundaries and transcend state/national borders. Physician assisted dying is one of these issues which affects everyone, and where, in Australia, public opinion is not reflected in the legislation. Surveys regularly show overwhelming support by Australians for assisted dying legislation (typically more than 80%). What might Oregon (and six other locations where assisted dying is legally possible) teach Australia? Professor Lyn Carson has documented the history of other locations and is now convening public conversations about this topic throughout Australia, drawing on Oregon’s example. She spoke at the US Studies Centre about her research.