ANZSPM joint media release 8 October 2020

Misinformation about palliative care dangerous in NZ euthanasia debate

As New Zealanders face the life and death decision on how to vote in the End of Life Choice referendum, a group representing providers of palliative care is coming forward to share their concerns on the misinformation and misunderstanding being put forward around end of life care. 

"Over the past weeks we have become increasingly concerned around the misinformation around the use of pain medication and palliative sedation at the end of life. This does nothing to help people understand palliative care treatment and options - it just perpetuates people's fear around death and dying." Says Dr Ian Gwynne Robson, speaking on behalf of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) 

The Collaboration that includes Palliative Care Nurses New Zealand, Hospice New Zealand, Hospital Palliative Care NZ alongside ANZSPM agree it is really important people are accurately informed on end of life treatments ahead of the election referendum on the End of Life Choice Act. 
Download the full statement below.

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