AS the voluntary assisted dying Bill hit State Parliament last week, a palliative care nurse was ramping up her fight against it.
Lou Angus has worked in palliative care for 30 years and believes if people with “life-limiting illness” had adequate access to it then voluntary assisted dying would not be needed.
The Scarborough resident works with people with terminal illness at St John of God Subiaco Hospital and is part of the WA Palliative Medicine Specialist Group.
“I’ve been dealing with patients and families who have been living in that dying space for my whole career,” she said.
“One or two people in my 30-year history have asked to die.
“Most people, in our experience, are clinging onto life.”
The legislation is before WA Parliament and Ms Laurence said many MPs had not yet made up their minds how they would vote.
“We are feeling encouraged and quite hopeful but not by any means complacent,” she said.
“It’s possible people may change their minds right up until the vote.
“This is probably one of the most important pieces of legislation to come before the WA parliament.”