Judy is a prominent figure in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, where she serves as the president of the Northern Territory Voluntary Euthanasia Society (NTVES). The NTVES was formed in 1995 following the passage of the world’s first Voluntary Euthanasia (VE) legislation in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. This legislation, known as the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act (ROTI), was introduced by Marshall Perron.
Under Judy’s leadership, the NTVES remains committed to promoting understanding of voluntary euthanasia and advocating for law reform. The society works alongside Voluntary Assisted Dying SA and Dying with Dignity chapters in ACT, NSW, QLD, TAS VIC, and WA. Despite facing setbacks, such as the prohibition of VE legislation by a private member’s bill in Federal Parliament in March 1997, the NTVES continues to strive towards its objectives.
Judy’s dedication to the cause is evident in the society’s aims, which include promoting a knowledge and understanding of VE legislation to the members and general community, influencing public and political opinion, promoting palliative care services in the NT, and cooperating with other associations with compatible objectives. Her leadership has been instrumental in the society’s efforts to develop and maintain relationships with the NT Government and other related interested parties/groups, enabling the Society to provide effective and timely input to legislation and regulatory processes and policy development.