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Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Letter to Marshall Perron from Dr Roger Hunt, 22 May 1995

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Collection number 14-024
Collection title Northern Territory Euthanasia Collection – Letter to Marshall Perron from Dr Roger Hunt, 22 May 1995
Alternative collection title Page 187-188
Date range (approx.) 22 May 1995
Scope and contents Palliative care Doctor, Roger Hunt writes to Marshall Perron refuting claims that palliative care can treat or manage all symproms of terminall illness or that quality of life under a palliative care regime is good. Hunt states that while palliative care can address pain more effectively than other symptoms, it cannot mange symptoms such as lethargy, and weakness. Hunt further claims that palliative care workers overestimate the quality of their interventions and that death remains an unpleasant business for carers as well as patients. 
Record Type Correspondence
Physical description Electronic Document - 2 Pages
Language English
Language code eng
Collection created by Marshall Perron
Biographical history The Northern Territory was the first jurisdiction in the world to explicitly legalise euthanasia. The Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT) entered into law on 1 July 1996. The following year the Commonwealth Parliament intervened to overturn the Act. Section 50A was added to the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 to prohibit the Northern Territory from making laws in respect of euthanasia. The Rights of the Terminally Act was in force for 9 months, during which time four people died by medically assisted suicide through its provisions.
Provenance The NT Euthanasia Collection contains donations from a number of contributors. This item was donated by Mr Marshall Perron.
Subjects Voluntary Euthanasia
Palliative Care
Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill 1995 (NT)
Names (person) Marshall Perron
Roger Hunt
Places Northern Territory
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Conditions governing access Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers should be aware that this collection may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.
Location Arafura Research Archive
Institution Charles Darwin University, Darwin
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Created: Sat, 09 Jul 2022, 16:08:08 CST by Ben Heaslip