Information session opens valuable community discussion on End-of-Life programs

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle today thanked residents of the Sunshine Coast for attending his Community Information Session on Palliative Care and Voluntary Assisted Dying on Friday 28 June.

“I want to thank everyone who took time out of their morning to join in an important community discussion about both Palliative Care and Voluntary Assisted Dying,” Mr McArdle said.

“These are not easy topics to hear and speak about but they are significant as this is a stage of life we must all face some day.

“The community needs to be given the opportunity to learn more about what the current laws are and what changes to the legislation might mean for them. They need to be able to do so in both a safe and informative setting.

“I also want to thank our guest speakers Shyla Mills, CEO of Palliative Care Queensland and Jos Hall, President of Dying with Dignity Queensland. Both provided invaluable insight on their respective topic and answered all question posed to them by attendees.

“We also heard from Kelly Gourlay, the National Policy Advisor for Palliative Care Queensland, David Muir, the Chairman of Clem Jones Trust and many other members of the community.

“Based on the feedback I was given on the day I believe we all came away with a lot of new knowledge about Palliative Care, Voluntary Assisted Dying and end-of-life programs in other states and countries.

“The morning was not about having a debate but providing an opportunity to learn from each other. I think that we achieved that but of course, this conversation is certainly not the last,” Mr McArdle concluded.