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Rob Dent Tree
Rob Dent Tree

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

A tree and plaque erected by the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of Queensland in memory of  Rob Dent, the first person to die under the Northern Territory Rights of the Terminally Ill Act.

On September 22, 1996, Australian Bob Dent, terminally ill with prostate cancer, chose to end his own life with the assistance of a physician, Dr. Philip Nitschke.

Dent, sick for the previous five years and had endured numerous surgeries. Mostly bed-ridden and in constant pain, Dent was ready to end his suffering.

In July of that year, the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act, enacted by the legislature of the Northern Territory of Australia in May 1995, had come into effect. It allowed a patient to be euthanized provided that the patient obtain signatures from a psychiatrist, a specialist in their illness, and a palliative care specialist.

Dent was the first of four patients that availed themselves of the act before it was overturned by the federal parliament in 1997.

 

Location

Address:The Esplanade, Cotton Tree Park, Cotton Tree, 4558
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.653968
Long: 153.094448
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Community

Dedication

Front Inscription
VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA SOCIETY
OF QUEENSLAND
SUNSHINE COAST BRANCH
PLANTED THIS TREE IN MEMORY OF
ROB DENT
THE FIRST (ILLEGIBLE ) OF THE
NORTHERN TERRITORY RIGHT OF THE
TERMINALLY ILL ACT 1995

 
Source: MA
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