Dying with Dignity Petition

Your choice at Death. Make Australia not just a great country to live in, but a great country to die in also! Don’t let me die thinking I could have done more.

Make a difference, follow the link below and read how your signature can change the world we live in for the better, and for everyone. Show your support for the currently tabled Dying with Dignity legislation in Federal Parliament for discussion.

Thanks everyone who has signed for change already, and please keep spreading the link.

Please click here to sign the Dying with Dignity petition.

88 thoughts on “Dying with Dignity Petition

  1. Good to see you started the petition! Only one thing: I much prefer the term Euthanasia then medical assisted suicide, it’s a very raw way of calling it and I’m afraid it turns people of. In my opinion it’s not suicide because you don’t do it yourself but a doctor does it after legal permission. It’s not that you yourself take in the medication. It’s your own decision but not your own action.Hope you don’t mind me saying this.

  2. Hi Peter, thank you for your blog it has helped me with my own situation. Which is stage 4 gastro-oesophageal Cancer with lymph node and liver mets. I have spent my professional life as a registered nurse div 1 and coincidentally was working in Palliative Care ( Darwin) when I had my 1st episode of indigestion in May 2012, by July I was given 12 months to live. I am back at home in Inverloch and into my 7th cycle ECF. I also feel strongly about my right to die on my own terms, especially wanting to spare my family of the uncertainty that faces me. I have recently joined DWD Victoria and Exit international( I will be attending their seminar in July).best wishes and thank you,keep up the good work. Ray

    • Hi Ray. Not sure if you will see this. I googled you recently to see where life had taken you. Couldn’ t find you until your article popped up in ” the age “.
      Lovely photo of you and Robyn bought back many memories of kindness, laughter and advice on how to live life well. Your dignity and courage will stand you and those around at this time in good stead. Well done and you always inspired me. Shane RCH 2/79

      • Hi Shane, How could I forget it was a great time, would love to catch up if you are ever this way.
        Hope you and yours are happy and healthy. Coincidentally a few other RCH colleagues have been in touch. My email is rrrgodbold@bigpond.com if you feel inclined.

  3. Hi Peter,
    I first read your article in the paper and a little while ago and then started reading the blog and I am inspired by your positive approach to your situation. Today in Bendigo it was confirmed that my lung condition had progressed and I will be facing the same questions and challenges that you face now though in a couple of years. What to do? At this point I haven’t told my three adult daughters. Two of which are nurses so no hiding the outcome. Anyway thanks again and if ok I would like to share some of my thoughts and questions. Keep the good work up and keep positive….

    P.S just a quick note to Ray… Hope your mind is in a good place

    Cheers Rob Douglas (not my real name)
    Hope to get the courage to tell the family soon.

  4. Hi Peter, it’s amazing reading your blog. It gives me inspiration to look at life in deferent ways.
    Wish you and your family best of luck.

  5. Hey Peter, have you looked into natural cancer cures instead? I think we need to campaign more for allowing natural cancer cures instead of euthanasia, so we can save more lives instead of ending them. I’d honestly rather see you cured than get euthanasia legalised.

    • Hi
      Issue is dealing with reality. I trust my medical team and do not believe looking for natural remedies and also hoping they work makes sense. I want the best treatment which I have and I do not want to make it hard for everyone by introducing outlying impacts that can confuse the current process and treatment. I also know I am dying and dealing with it is important so you can move to a different thinking process. Equally as important for my family.
      I respect your comments and are pleased you put them forward,as there are many ways to look at all this.

  6. i agree with JJ,myself i recovered from melanoma 1999.
    theres a couple of specialists online to think about.
    here are their names:
    Dr Robert O Young
    Dr Leonard Coldwell
    Dr Carolyn Dean
    Dr Tulio Simoncini
    They can be found on youtube & they have a very large following allover the world.
    Follow their lifestyle as accurately as you can to clean your blood from toxins & chemicals.
    Its never too late friends,good luck & God bless youse.

  7. Peter,u hang n there. I know this is a hard rd. Well idk,exactly…we all have some form of cancer eating away at us. Your story,may change the world,make THE DIFFERERNCE!!THATS WHAT MY TEN YR OLD CLAIMS AS WE WAR WITH THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT,FOR JUSTICE FOR HER MOLESTATION. UR BURDEN,TURNED NTO A TESTIMONY. DONT STOP FIGHTING, WE R PRAYING FOR UR FAMILY.

  8. Reading your blog provides me inspiration and a well needed shake up. To appreciate ones life and all that it has to offer as it can be so cruelly taken from all of us so early.

  9. I respect the wishes of a terminally ill person to decide when and where they wish to die. I also know that people, especially carers and the medical practitioners need to work within the laws. Our laws need to be changed to protect those who work in the best interest of the terminally ill, who decide to cut short their death and die with dignity.

  10. I am currently sitting at my partners bedside, he has pancreatic cancer that was diagnosed on the 20th of March, since then he has suffered much pain and now I am by his bedside as we slowly wait for his body to shut down. We would not treat animals like this why do we let humans go through it. The one thing my partner wished for when he first received his diagnosis was that it was a quick end, this is anything but that. He asked every doctor and nurse along the way for an off switch but it fell on deaf ears. He not only wanted this for himself but he wanted to protect the loved ones around him from going through pain as well. These archaic laws need to change. Thank you Peter for fighting the fight for yourself and the others to follow.

    • Michelle,
      I am very sad reading your note. Give your partner a gentle hug for me , he is why this is so important, and let him know he is also.
      Be brave, he needs you and your friends will help you through.

  11. Pete. Sent this out to a recent contact
    …….interested in your involvement with Life Circle. A very close friend of mine has been active in the press over the past few months. Following diagnosis with terminal cancer in February he is urgently seeking political support at the very highest level to change laws relating the personal choice for terminally ill patients. He will choose when and how he wishes to die but wants the law changed to make this legal. You might like to see his blog as he is after massive support for a petition accessible there. See – https://pgs28.wordpress.com/ Any suggestions as to how to best help this cause would be most welcome

  12. Peter – I heard a podcast of your recent interview with Steve Price on 2GB. I was impressed with the articulate way in which you handled this topic and touched by what has obviously been a personal tragedy. I very much support what you are advocating.

    Incoming senator elect David Leyonhjelm from the Liberal Democrats has spoken publicly of the need for the sort of reform you are advocating. End of life choice has been a policy position of the Liberal Democrats for many, many years. I will ensure that your blog gets promoted to many of the followers of the Liberal Democrats via their Facebook page and hopefully this will help raise the profile of your petition.

    All the best with championing this cause and in spite of your heavy burden may your remaining time in this world be filled with hope and joy.

  13. Hi Peter,

    I heard about your wife on the radio this morning on mix 101.1 this morning and although i have had no direct affiliation with (human) terminal illness, your story really struck a cord with me.

    Late last week, the time came to make the very sad decision to end the life of our very old and terminally ill family pet, she too had cancer and was suffering with no chance of recovery. It was very upsetting. Yes, she was a member of the family, but the reality is she was our pet.Watching her suffer no matter how long it prolonged her life was never an option for us. But in being an animal, we were able to make this decision. If we felt this way about our pet.. i cannot imagine how we would feel if this was a human member of our family.

    I am right behind you with you cause. Your story had brought me to tears thinking what you, your family and your friends are going through. Even reading through your blog, you can sense your passion for life and those you love and your cause. You really are an inspiration. I will be following your story.

    All the best, you are doing a wonderful job, with everything.


    • Hi Jess,
      Thanks for they great note. You thoughts and support is appreciated as will be that of 100 of your best friends. I was very proud of my wife on the radio, not easy when you really think it through.

  14. I support DWD and was even an advocate before I heard of this organization. If we have a terminal or incurable illness, as I have, please let us die.without having to suffer unnecessarily,.and with dignity. I sign this petition. Mina van Bree 26.06.14.

    • Hi Mina,
      Thanks for the note. I am sorry to hear you are one of those on my team. I hope you are staying positive and are well supported. It can get dark quite easily unless you put the mental kilo watts that would run a small city into dealing with things in a positive way and charging ahead. I hope you can do this, it makes the journey at least interesting.

  15. Thanks , I’ve recently been looking for info about this subject
    for ages and yours is the best I’ve found out so far. However, what about the bottom
    line? Are you positive about the source?

    • Not sure I understand the question. If it is will I have the means available to make end of life choice in a satisfactory manner the answer is absolutely. Sad thing is few do, which is why I am raising this issue in public and doing what I can to create change.

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    • Hi thanks. It is just me, no paid anything. Just trying to elevate the conversation around Dying with Dignity and importantly choice for the terminally ill such as myself

  17. Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I find It really useful &
    it helped me out much. I hope to give something back and aid
    others like you helped me.

  18. Shorty, I’ve been following this and really admire what you are doing. It’s interesting I spoke to my father inlaw about this topic and you, he commented that as you get older this sort of topic become more and more relevant, especially if you are sick or incapacitated. Very true and might provide some direction as to the audience you need??? On another note I’ve signed up for another bike ride (in your honour) and have shared your petershort web link in the process to spread your words. It’s great that you’ve managed to get such traction on this issue in such “short” time, I’m sure a legacy that will continue….. Keep it going. Tim.

  19. Hi Pete, I reading a watch the amazing job you are doing, I work for a large public health org. and from talking with people, I realise medical professionals are some of the biggest supportor of ‘dying with dignity’ I will keep up the conversations with the thousands of workers here!

  20. Hi Peter, just found your blog but signed the petition a while ago. I am very much inspired by your courages fight for your right to die with dignity. I am a retired RGN and have seen people slowly dying and in pain too many times. All the best to you and your family and keep up the good work.

  21. Howdy! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading through your blog posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the
    same subjects? Many thanks!

  22. Good day! This is my first visit to your blog!

    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche.
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  23. Regardless of someones view of this topic your extremely well considered and delivered position in such circumstances is a credit to you, your family and your argument. well done and good luck with your cause and the rest of your journey.

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    Thanks for the post. I’ll certainly comeback.

  25. Hi Peter – your blog is amazing. And you are even more amazing. I don’t know if you remember me Peter – I worked at Coles in 2010 on the Leading & Coaching programme. I always valued the way you fully embraced the opportunity & principles at Coles Express. Keep doing what you’re doing – I wish you every success…

  26. Hi Peter, Tamalin here (Coles Express around 10 years ago).
    My father passed away (cancer) a few years ago now and so this is a discussion that carries real significance for me.Your passion is inspiring and you are often in my thoughts.

  27. Peter I signed your petition some months ago and have followed your blog over recent times. Thank you for your energies and effort, for your frankness and openness.
    Like many who have posted on your blog I’ve had profound experience with the loss of a family member. Her life prolonged far beyond what was reasonable or dignified. It seemed that was because we have the means to keep her alive. Many of the palliate care nurses were great, they seemed to understand better than the doctors other medical staff and even other family members, that it was time to cease life prolonging treatment. She almost died in excess of 30 times. It was traumatic.
    With the greatest respect and kindness I wish your death may be peaceful and graceful, may it be what YOU hope for. Thank you for being a driving force on this issue. What a role model!
    Best wishes Rachel

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