Victorians can now opt for voluntary assisted dying as an end-of-life option. Photo: Flickr Euthanasia comes from the Greek word εὐθανασία – “good death” – and for Greek Australian Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos it is a “fundamental human right”. The definition of a ‘good death’ differs from person to person, but for MP Mikakos it is one “alleviated from unnecessary suffering”. And, for the first time in Victoria, terminally-ill patients have an additional choice as the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill goes into effect today giving them the right to lawfully end their lives. The historic law, passed in November 2017 after a state parliamentary inquiry, and a ministerial advisory panel on voluntary assisted dying, is a matter of free choice for the Greek Orthodox minister whose faith does not condone voluntary assisted dying. “I am a practising Christian yet I support this legislation,” she told Neos Kosmos. “My […]