Dying With Dignity Victoria (DWDV - formerly the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of Victoria Inc.) is a law reform and education organisation pursuing public policies and laws in the state of Victoria that enhance self-determination and dignity at the end of life.

Our Charter Principles

Patrons Mr Julian Burnside QC, Hon Rod Mackenzie OAM, Hon Ian Macphee AO

DWDV has no connection with Philip Nitschke, Exit International or a publicly available ‘peaceful pill’.


Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke says it's 'absurd' Australia hasn't legalised euthanasia.

9News.com.au is asking readers "Yes" or "No" to the question of "Should euthanasia be legalised". Click here to read the article and cast your vote.


April's issue of Australian Women's Weekly features an article by Andrew Denton:

"I watched my father die an agonising death"

Click here to read Andrew's heartbreaking story about his much loved father, Kit....


Episode #17 Why Do I Have To Go Through Hell To Get To Heaven?

'I think it is absurd that euthanasia is not legal within this country. It doesn't meet any requirements of morality or good sense.'

Former Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke

20 years ago, four dying people were able to access the Northern Territory’s world-first law to help them die more mercifully, before the law itself was extinguished. By the end of 2016, over 100 million people on three continents will be able to access such laws ...

Episode #16 Abandon Hope

My search for the truth about assisted dying began when I was invited to attend the HOPE International Symposium in Adelaide, featuring anti-euthanasia speakers from around the world. There, I heard dire warnings.....

Click here to listen


Assisted dying advocate: "I will give lethal drug to terminal cancer patient".

Dr Rodney Syme attacks ‘hypocrisy in the law’ and says doctors should not have to risk prison by providing end of life care.

Click here for full article...


Medical Board of Australia investigates euthanasia doctor Rodney Syme.



Euthanasia advocate and Melbourne doctor may risk jail in fight to assist terminal cancer patient.

Click here to read article including video of ABC News Breakfast interview with Dr Rodney Syme.


The World Federation of Right to Die Societies is holding its biennial International Conference "Euthanasia2016: Professional Challenges" in Amsterdam, 11-14 May 2016.

DWDV President, Lesley Vick will be attending.

Click here for further details and registration.


Legislative Council Standing Committee on
Legal and Social Issues

On May 7 2015 the Victorian Legislative Council resolved that the Legal and Social Issues Legislation Committee inquire into End of Life Choices.

The Terms of Reference were circulated and submissions called for.

The Committee is asking the question:

Are Victorian laws adequately meeting people’s expectations regarding
medical options available at the end of their life?

DWDV made a comprehensive submission to the inquiry. It is listed on the Inquiry into End of Life Choices website as submission number 625, which can be viewed here.

Submission Deadline

31 August 2015

Interim Report

On 10 November 2015 the Committee Tabled its Interim Report.

Final Report

31 May 2016

Government Response

The Government is required to respond within six months of the final report being tabled.

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