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Robert Douglas, MD Biography

Emeritus Professor at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“It’s possible to have the best of both worlds – a regulated voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide law that protects the interests of vulnerable groups. We can draft legislation that permits choice for those whose suffering we cannot help as well as valuing and safeguarding vulnerable people in our community.”

Cowritten with Ben White and Lindy Willmott, “Safe Assisted Dying Laws Are Possible, So Let’s Make Them,”, May 7, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Emeritus Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University
  • Visiting Fellow, Australian National University
  • Director, Australian21
  • Leader, 2020 Vision Project
  • Chair, Research Committee of the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
  • Founding Chair, SEE_Change, Inc., 2006-2012
  • Director, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, 1989-2001
  • Former Specialist Physician, Papua New Guinea
  • Former Dean, Medical School, University of Adelaide (Australia)
  • Chair, Technical Advisory Group on Pneumonia, World Health Organization, 1982-1988
  • MD, University of Adelaide, 1974
  • MA, Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 1973
  • Twitter handle: @bobbydoug
Quoted in:
  1. Would Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) Encourage the Healthcare Industry to Promote PAS, Endangering Vulnerable Groups?