Last updated on: 9/25/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Stephen Parnis, MBBS Biography

Title:
Emergency Physician and former President of the Australian Medical Association Victoria
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“The answer lies in better end-of-life care for the dying, not the provision of a lethal medication which cannot be made safe, despite the so-called safeguards… Experience tells us, from other parts of the world, that when you are dying, you are frail, you are vulnerable. The proposed legislation [to legalize euthanasia in Victoria, Australia] is meant to have a number of safeguards to ensure that there is no coercion, that people do this of their own free will and that they get the best possible care. But having studied this carefully, it’s my opinion and that of my colleagues [Dr. Mukesh Haikerwal and Dr. Mark Yates, also past presidents of Australian Medical Association Victoria] that there are too many places where this can be misused, where people cannot be offered the sort of assessment and care that they fully deserve. When it comes down to it, if you provide the right palliative care urgently, effectively and confidently, you don’t have to have the sorts of deaths that proponents of this legislation are suggesting you can’t avoid.”

ABC News (Australia), “Former AMA Victoria Presidents Urge MPs to Reject Euthanasia Legislation,” abc.net.au, Sep. 18, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Consultant Emergency Physician, The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, June 2017-present
  • Consultant Emergency Physician, St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, 2009-present
  • Consultant Emergency Physician, John Fawkner Private Hospital, Feb. 2009-present
  • Senior Physician, Emergency Management of Severe Trauma, 2009-present
  • Vice President, Australian Medical Association, May 2014-May 2016
  • Federal Councillor, Australian Medical Association, May 2011-May 2016
  • Federal Executive Member, Australian Medical Association Victoria, May 2013-May 2014
  • President, Australian Medical Association Victoria, May 2012-May 2014
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2013
  • Vice President, Australian Medical Association Victoria, 2006-May 2012
  • Staff Specialist Emergency Physician, Bendigo Health, 2007-2007
  • Registrar, Emergency Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, 2003-2007
  • Fellowship, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, 2003-2007
  • Registrar, Emergency Medicine, Melbourne Health, 2005-2006
Education:
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy, University of Melbourne, 2000
  • MBBS, University of Melbourne, 1987-1992
Other:
  • Twitter: @SParnis