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‘Nobody wants to die’: terminally ill nurse calls for assisted dying laws


With assisted dying legislation due to face the Victorian Government in the coming months, Victorian nurse Jen Barnes is leading the debate on who should decide how we die.

Jen has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. With 40 years’ experience as a nurse, she has seen a lot of deaths – some far from ideal – and she wants a choice for herself and her family.

“Palliative care is very good but I know that it doesn’t work for everybody. If it comes to it, I will want another option,” she says.

Research shows around 75 per cent of Australians support a safe and compassionate law, but Jen needs your help if the legislation is to be passed.

See why Jen and her family support an assisted dying law in this video here.

You can also sign her petition here.

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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