During the Ministerial Advisory Panel's consultation process, many representations from nurses were evident, in written responses community meetings, and a meeting organised for nurses by the ANMF.
Unsurprisingly, opinions heard on voluntary assisted dying were many and varied, mirroring those views the community.
Concerns from palliative care nurses are quite specific; that dying people are at a vulnerable time of life and may be demoralised or depressed, making them susceptible to suggestions for a 'quick way out'; that palliative care...
Professor O’Connor was the inaugural Vivian Bullwinkel Chair in Palliative Care Nursing, Monash Nursing & Midwifery, Monash University Melbourne, a position she held from 2003. From 2013, Professor O’Connor managed this position in a part-time capacity. Prior to her appointment at Monash, she enjoyed a long and diverse career in palliative care, in roles that have encompassed the establishment and management of mainly community-based palliative care services.