Teachers and students now have easy access to an online resource that explains why the Church supports palliative care and rejects euthanasia. Source: The Catholic Leader.
The Church’s "care first" approach to end-of-life care is given voice on a new "Catholic identity" page available on the Brisbane Catholic Education website.
It is a timely educational tool since Queensland’s MPs are preparing to debate legalising euthanasia next month.
Other states – Victoria and Western Australia – have legalised euthanasia, Tasmania and South Australia have passed laws that will allow euthanasia to start, and New South Wales is set to follow with a vote on the issue.
Content on the new webpage is derived from a video-link panel discussion conducted by journalist Madonna King in October last year, while the Queensland Law Reform Commission was hearing views and perspectives on the possible introduction of euthanasia laws into Queensland.
The resource serves as a discussion starting point for teachers and students, with detailed information and insights from Catholic specialist doctors, advocates and church leaders including Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Fr Frank Brennan, Professor of Law at Australian Catholic University.
Video answers from the experts debunk myths and misunderstandings about the official Catholic view on end-of-life care. The material also gives a clear definition and understanding of what palliative care is and why it must be offered as an alternative to euthanasia.
Online education tool offers insights into Catholic end-of-life care (By Mark Bowling, The Catholic Leader)
Webinar: HOPE - The 'Care First' approach to end of life care (Brisbane Catholic Education)