Education Via the Media
The media are the most important avenues to educating the public. DWDV maintains an active relationship with the media – radio, print and TV – in educating the public about dying with dignity issues. We issue press releases discussing key issues.
DWDV has a media writers group who are organized to respond to current issues via the Letters to the Editor section of our daily newspapers. From time to time we are able to achieve major pieces in the opinion pages of our principal newspapers.
Our spokespeople are commonly involved in real end-of-life discussions such as with Jon Faine of ABC Radio regarding Steve Guest, and re Nancy Crick’s death on current affairs radio programmes. Television news and documentaries are also utilized to present our case.
DWDV works continuously to bring you this Web service to keep you informed about issues surrounding dying with dignity. FAQs can be found here...
A small team of volunteers develops and maintains the site, and it is professionally hosted in Victoria, Australia.
Community Presentations & Workshops
DWDV is available to talk to organisations, student groups and societies, senior citizen groups, retirement villages, RSL, Probus, etc. Contact us if you would like a DWDV representative to speak to your community group or organisation.
In organisations representing younger and older age groups, popular topics are:
- the law controlling dying with dignity.
- our law compared to overseas
- what law reforms are needed
In organisations representing older groups, we find that in many cases people have a valid will and a Power of Attorney in place, but very few know about:
- their right to refuse treatment under the Medical Treatment Act.
- making an advanced directive/a 'living will'
- appointing a Medical Enduring Power of Attorney.
DWDV and its volunteers both write and monitor articles of relevance. A collection is available here...