The voluntary euthanasia debate has prompted calls for improved palliative care services. With Western Australia moving closer to legalising voluntary assisted dying (VAD), the debate is shining a light on the desperate need for better palliative care, particularly in regional areas. There are fears VAD laws will restrict choice for people who don’t have adequate access to palliative care Specialists say the quality of end-of-life care varies greatly from region to region There is a lack of understanding about what palliative care can do in the community, advocates say Lower House MPs spent about 70 hours debating the VAD bill before passing it on Tuesday , but it is unclear whether there is enough support in the Upper House for it to pass. Supporters of the law, which would allow terminally ill people the ability to end their own life, argue that it promotes choice and empowerment. However, there […]