Butcher supports community consultation for euthanasia bill


Glenn Butcher’s MP supported Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk’s community consultation process regarding voluntary assisted dying.

On the eve of Hospice Palliative Care Week, the Premier took to social media and said her government is investing in palliative care.

“But many who have seen a loved one suffer feel there must be a worthy alternative,” she said.

“For some, this will be the most important work this parliament will do.

“Likewise, there are those whose opposition is felt so deeply and sincerely.”

Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher said he was proud to be part of the Palaszczuk government.

“We have taken a very thoughtful and conscientious approach to consulting the community before drafting legislation,” he said.

“I look forward to reading the bill and the recommendations of the Queensland Law Reform Commission.”

Kaitlyn Thorne, director of Cancer Council Queensland PalAssist, said raising awareness of the importance of palliative care is crucial.

“National Hospice Palliative Care Week is a vital opportunity to remind the community that palliative care is not just the care of a dying person,” said Thorne.

“Palliative care is care that helps people (from babies to older adults) live their lives as well as possible, for as long as possible, when living with a life-threatening or terminal illness.

“We use this time each year to spread the word and raise awareness about advance care planning, improve death literacy, connect with support in the community, provide grief and bereavement counseling, and give advice on how to navigate the healthcare system if you or someone you know has a life-limiting illness or is dying. “

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Ms Thorne said she has been dedicated to palliative care for almost a decade and is drawn to the industry to support people with a life-threatening illness.

“I’ve worked in the palliative care industry my entire career – almost 10 years now,” she said.

“It was clear to me from the start as a registered nurse that people spend so much time and energy bringing babies safely to this world, but too often that time and energy is not spent. to people who die and leave this world.

“Being able to support people and their families in this context is a great privilege.”

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan said hospice workers like Ms Thorne are the backbone of PalAssist service and quality hospice care.

“Palliative care workers like Ms. Thorne have a deep understanding of the difficult situations often faced by people near the end of their life or suffering from a life-threatening illness,” Ms. McMillan said.

“They can help balance a variety of perspectives and integrate the psychological, social and spiritual concerns of patients, their families and the staff who care for them.

“They are there to help and can also offer essential support to help their loved ones and their families through their grief and bereavement.”

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