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’.


"DAMN YOU TO HELL Kevin Andrews" - from the family of the late John Baylis of Darwin, who died of motor neuron disease earlier this year.
Read John's Facebook diary; read Marshall Perron's letter about John Baylis to Kevin Adrews MHR . Marshall is a former Chief Minister of the Northern Territory. His government introduced the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995, which was subsequently overturned by the Federal Parliament in 1997, in a move led by Kevin Andrews.


Did you see the recent Q & A on Dying With Dignity,

with Andrew Denton and Dr Rodney Syme?

Support Dying With Dignity! We welcome new members - the more members we have, the more we can achieve. Join here NOW!


October 6 2015

Californian Governor signs bill to allow terminally ill patients

to legally end their lives

Read more here


Vale Elizabeth Sampson

The Board and staff of Dying with Dignity Victoria are deeply saddened by the loss of our esteemed colleague and friend, Elizabeth Sampson.

Elizabeth died in hospital recently after a brief illness.

She has contributed immeasurably to our organisation and our progress and we will miss her composed presence, positive approach and unfailing resourcefulness.


Read our latest book review

Your Final Choice - Hastening your Death when Terminally Ill - Eight Questions to Ask Yourself

by Kenneth Ralph

read more here

"If, as is likely, physician assisted dying becomes legal, terminally ill patients will still have to make a choice based on their own preferences and circumstances. This book will help ensure the choice is informed".
Kenneth Davidson, DWDV Ambassador and The Age columnist


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.

Nothing is more powerful than a personal story, told from the heart, which explains what you believe and why. Many of our members made valuable submissions to this important inquiry.

The final date for submissions was Monday 31 August 2015.

Your life, Your choice!

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