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END OF LIFE CHOICES FORUM AT NOTRE DAME

Posted in city of fremantle, health, lifestyle, living, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 19, 2018

 

NDA forum

 

Fremantle’s Notre Dame University facilitated a very interesting forum about End of life choices on Wednesday evening.

The panel members were Prof. David Kissane-NDA and St Vincent’s Hospital, Dr Richard Lugg-Doctors for Assisted Dying Choice, Dr Murray Hindle-Dying with Dignity WA, Lana Glogowski-Palliative Care WA, and Chris Shanahan-Barrister Murray Chambers.

Prof. David Kissane said the proposed new law was about the right to die rather than offering optimal palliative care, and he expressed concern that mentally ill patients might have access to euthanasia. Palliative care is the real alternative to assisted suicide.

Murray Hindle said it was the right of the individuals to have control over their death, not about better palliative care, and that in a survey 88 per cent had said yes to doctor assisted dying. It is about a person’s right to autonomy.

Lana Glogowski said that palliative care is not well enough resourced by our governments and that people should have a conversation with their family and loved ones about end of life options and what they wanted, and that there needed to be more education about those options.

Dr Richard Lugg said that patients want their care to be compassionate and kind and that the autonomy of the patients comes before the doctor’s-I know best-decision. We want the new law to help, not hinder assisted dying, he said

Lawyer Chris Shanahan said under the current law the patient has the right to consent, the right to self determination, and needs to give consent to medical treatment.

Questions were raised about putting doctors in a difficult position and pressure from family members on patients, but a new law would see no compulsion on doctors to assist dying if they are against it.

End of life options would also be different for different cultures and religions, and most people wanted to die at home and better palliative home care needed to be supported.

It was essential that any new legislation about Voluntary Assisted Dying has to have clarity and lack of ambiguity, and too fast change might overwhelm the community process. We need to respond in a human way.

It was argued that any suffering can be dealt with with drugs and that many people who plea for help are depressed and demoralised and want to die.

The larger part of the community die a good and dignified death and do not suffer.

What was not discussed at all is the reality of many older people dying an undignified and lonely death through suicide, often trough illegally imported drugs, such as Nembutal,  from Mexico and eastern European countries, or they kill themselves in other ways, because the choice of assisted dignified dying is not offered to them under our present legislation in WA.

The euthanasia debate is a very important one, and one we need to have in our community, so it was very good that Notre Dame University accommodated the discussion. Thank you NDA!

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME UNI END OF LIFE CHOICES FORUM

Posted in city of fremantle, health, living, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on September 9, 2018

 

Fremantle’s Notre Dame University is holding a very interesting forum on a controversial topic that will interest most people in our community, especially the older ones

‘A Conversation about End of Life Issues: Considerations following the release of the Parliamentary Report by the Joint Committee on End of Life Choices’

Wednesday 19 September | 6.00pm-8.30pm
The University of Notre Dame Australia
Tannock Hall of Education, Corner of Croke and Cliff Streets, Fremantle

End of life care is of great concern to many within our community, particularly those suffering from acute physical illness, or those employed in the medical or healthcare professions. The issue has and is likely to generate a substantial amount of public debate in the coming months given the findings and recommendations of the report from the State Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices in Western Australia.

The University wishes to facilitate a respectful discussion on all relevant aspects to this issue, including palliative care, living wills and euthanasia, so that a range of views and perspectives can be heard. We look forward to seeing you at this important event.

Guest presenters at the forum will include:
Professor David Kissane (The University of Notre Dame Australia and St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney)
Dr Richard Lugg (Department of Health WA and Doctors for Assisted Dying Choice)
Dr Murray Hindle (Dying with Dignity WA)
Ms Lana Glogowski (Palliative Care WA)
Mr Chris Shanahan SC (Barrister, Murray Chambers)

Please register your attendance by Monday 17 September

For further information, please contact Ms Ana Ferreira Manhoso at fremantle.events@nd.edu.au or on 08 9433 0575.

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FREMANTLE’S STUNNING WEDDING WALL

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized, wedding by freoview on September 7, 2018

 

Wedding Wall

 

What a great job the stonemasons have been doing on the Fremantle ‘Wedding Wall’ in Cliff Street!

Notre Dame University decided to give the old heritage wall some tender loving care and re-open all the arches in the wall. I believe it looks fantastic already, but there is still some detailing to be done and a new coat of paint.

The ‘Wedding Wall’ got its name because it is one of the favourite backdrops in Freo for wedding parties. The open arches create new opportunities for wedding photographers.

Roel Loopers

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THOUGHTFUL ABRAHAM DAY AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2018

 

 

The third ABRAHAM DAY was held at Fremantle’s Notre Dame University on Wednesday afternoon and attracted 200 people.

Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costello, the Chief Rabbi of WA Daniel Lieberman and Langford Islamic College teacher Sheikh Muhammad Agherdien talked about the topic of the day; How do people of faith engage in a secular society?

NDA’s Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond said that Abraham provides a meeting point for the three religions, but she was concerned about the dwindling number of people who embraced religion, with 30 per cent of Australians stating they are non believers. She said the data did not show us why this is the case and how it impacts on society.

Archbishop Costello said that for people with faith their heart must be in the right place to engage with a secular society, and that it is the duty, privilege and right of Catholics to propose their belief to society.

Rabbi Lieberman said that people of belief are different, as Abraham was in his life, but that his preaching has been that through believers all the children will be blessed. “Humility is understanding your place in society”

Sheikh Agherdien said that silence is sometimes the best answer, as we all know from personal relationships. Abraham was involved and engaged and asked questions. The great teachers of the past engaged across cultures and religions and that needs to happen today in our secular society.

A question about euthanasia initially received only a one word response-NO-from the archbishop, but he later said it was not permissible to take someone else’s life.

Rabbi Lieberman said we are allowed to be angry and question why God allows things to happen, while Archbishop Costello said that he does not question God, but sometimes he does question people, the church and religious institutions.

Sheikh Agherdien said that the ultimate reality is perfection, but we are human beings and if we don’t have the issues of war, infidelity, crime, etc. what is there to aspire for.

Archbishop Costello said that one had to honour, respect and tolerate different faith and that it opens you up to the richness of the other religion and culture and see the beauty in other traditions.

There is always plenty to contemplate and think about after Abraham Day, even for a non believer like I. I wonder though if there is a correlation between fewer people embracing religion and fewer people joining political parties, and if the issues are not very similar. Is it not so that many people are nor walking away from God or politics, but are more and more rejecting political and religious leaders and religious institutions and political parties, because they believe that they are too remote from the realities of our daily life and often seem to act hypocritically?

Roel Loopers

 

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GLORIOUS SUNDAY FOR FREMANTLE

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Beach House

Arcs D'Ellipse

The forecast for today is 24 degrees and sunny so get out and about and (re)discover beautiful Fremantle.

Start at the Growers Green Farmers Markets at Fremantle College in Beaconsfield, open from 8am till midday.

Then have coffee at one of our delightful cafes, before checking out Open Day at Notre Dame University in the historic West End.

While there you can re-acquaint yourself with the Felice Varine yellow artwork along High Street, as a lot of people did yesterday.

And then it’s just about time for lunch or an afternoon drink at our inner city Bathers Beach, or at 1pm watch the firing of the cannon behind the Roundhouse, and visit the amazing Glen Cowans underwater photography gallery next to the old jail.

Freo is never boring!

Roel Loopers

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FIRST TEDx FREMANTLE SOLD OUT IN 40 MINUTES

Posted in city of fremantle, community, fibonacci centre, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 16, 2018

 

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There will be a lot of disappointed people who were too late yesterday to secure a ticket for the very first TEDx Fremantle event on September 16. The event, in the Drilhall of Notre Dame University, sold out in 40 minutes although the ticket price was a high $ 65.00!

Events organisers said they will try to do a live streaming into another venue, but that is just not the same.

I am disappointed that I won’t be able to report about the event here on Freo’s View because I too was too late to buy a ticket. ;>(

Roel Loopers

THE SPEAKERS AT THE FIRST TEDx FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, communication, community, fibonacci centre, Uncategorized by freoview on August 15, 2018

 

 

The first ever TEDx Fremantle will be held on September 16 from 2-9pm at the Drillhall of Notre Dame University. Tickets are on sale now so go to the website or Facebook page to order.

The theme of the TEDx Fremantle day is Perception vs Reality and the speakers are:

Dr Noel Nannup

Dr Moira Clay – Happy Healthy Children Free of Brain Cancer 

Tammy Bux – It’s OK to Drop the Mask

Dr Sam Baron – The End of Time

Dr Paola Magni – When Justice Flies

James Eggleston – Power Ledger

Dr Emily Bird – The Antidote to Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Anneka Pearton – Love thy Piano

Byron Joel – Regenerative Agriculture 

James Wickham – Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

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OPEN DAY AT FREO’S GREAT UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 15, 2018

 

Open Day NDA

 

Another reminder that this coming Sunday August 19 is OPEN DAY at one of WA’s most popular universities Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle.

This is an important day for parents and high school students to talk to NDA staff and lecturers and check out the great campus in the heart of the historic West End of Freo.

There will be entertainment and food stalls that help create an invigorating sense of activity while planning the future.

Roel Loopers

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OPEN DAY AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2018

 

 

This is an early notice for parents who have children in the last Leavers year at high schools that Fremantle’s best in the west Notre Dame University will have an Open Day on Sunday August 19.

The NDA Open Days are always very nice days with lots of information stalls inside campus buildings and also along Mouat Street, and there is live entertainment and food stalls, so make sure to make a note of it in your diary, parents and students!

Roel Loopers

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TWO GOOD HERITAGE RESTORATIONS IN FREO’S WEST END

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 7, 2018

 

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heritage 2

 

While the concerns about damage to the heritage High Street buildings in Fremantle continue, two heritage restorations just around the corner are happening almost unnoticed.

In Cliff Street Notre Dame University contractors are doing a splendid job on the ‘Wedding Wall’ with most of the arches now re-opened. It will look great when finished and will become a real heritage feature in the West End.

On the corner of Pakenham and Leake streets the PSAS building, with a grant from the Heritage Council, is also being restored.

Roel Loopers

 

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