A physician’s perspective on voluntary assisted dying

 A bill to legalise euthanasia has just passed South Australia’s Lower House on its way to becoming law – making the state Australia’s fourth to allow assisted dying (after Victoria, Western Australia, and Tasmania).

Debates on assisted dying focus on the rights of patients – but what about the perspective of doctors, who will increasingly be trained in Australia to perform such “treatments”?

Dr Nick Carr is a GP who has assisted in the push to change the laws in three Australian states, and overseas in New Zealand and Ireland.

For two years he’s performed end of life treatment – which meant he’s had to redefine the idea that doctors only exist to keep people alive, as he explains to Claudia Dorney.