About REALdignitytas
What is REALdignitytas?



REALdignitytas is an online forum which enables eminent Tasmanians to share their professional opinions on maintaining the legal prohibition on euthanasia and assisted suicide in Tasmania

Launch of REALdignitytas
Hon. William Cox launches REALdignitytas.com

What is REALdignitytas? The best way to find out is to hear from the Hon. William Cox who launched REALdignitytas at Parliament House Tasmania.

William Cox

Hon. William Cox

Former Governor of Tasmania and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court


The Honourable William Cox was born in Hobart, was educated at Xavier College, Melbourne, and the University of Tasmania where he graduated in Arts & Law, and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1960.


After 16 years in private practice and a year as a Magistrate he was appointed Crown Advocate (DPP) for Tasmania in 1977 and a Judge of the Supreme Court in 1982. In 1995 he was appointed Chief Justice and the following year Lieutenant Governor. In 2004 he became the 26th Governor of Tasmania and served in that capacity until April 2008.


In 2005 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University of Tasmania.

Jeremy Prichard

Dr Jeremy Prichard

Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Law, University of Tasmania


Dr Jeremy Prichard lectures in Criminal Law and Criminology at the Law School, University of Tasmania.


His previous research positions were at the Australian Institute of Criminology and the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission.


In policy formation Jeremy worked at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (Qld) and the Department of Communities (Qld).


Michael Tate

Prof. Michael Tate

Honorary Research Professor, University of Tasmania


Professor Michael Tate is a former politician who later became an ambassador and then a catholic priest.  He gained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tasmania and a Master of Arts from Oxford.  He was a Lecturer in Law at the University of Tasmania and served as Dean of the Faculty.

He was elected to the Senate and served as Federal Minister for Justice during the period 1987 to 1993 in addition to other portfolios. 

After leaving politics in 1993, he was appointed Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands and the Holy See, before retiring to enter the priesthood.

In the Australia Day Honours of 1996, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).


Nicholas Cooling

Dr Nicholas Cooling

Senior Lecturer in Medical Practice, University of Tasmania, General Practitioner


Dr Nick Cooling is a general practitioner of 20 years with special interests in intellectual disabilities, allergies and men's health.


He has been a medical educator for both undergraduates and postgraduates for 15 yrs with expertise in clinical reasoning, support of challenging learners and assessment.


He is currently the Director of Electives and Internationalisation and Senior Lecturer in Medical Practice at the University of Tasmania.


Paul Dunne

Dr Paul Dunne

Palliative Care Specialist


Dr Paul Dunne is a senior palliative care specialist with over 20 years experience in assisting patients at the end of their lives.


Dr Dunne resigned as the Department of Health and Human Services Palliative Care Medical Director in September 2008, a position he held for nearly ten years.


He is a Board Member and past Vice President of Palliative Care Australia. He has special interests in primary care, motor neuron disease and paediatric palliative care.


He spent part of his 2008 sabbatical developing the Tasmanian Adult Palliative Care Formulary. Dr Dunne currently works in general practice.


Ray Lowenthal

Prof. Ray Lowenthal

Clinical Professor, School of Medicine, and Member of the Menzies Research Institute


Prof Ray Lowenthal graduated MBBS from the University of Sydney in 1965. Since 1975 he has been based in Hobart, Tasmania, where he has appointments as haematologist/oncologist at the Royal Hobart Hospital; Clinical Professor and Member of the Menzies Research Institute at the University of Tasmania; and Director of the Tasmanian Statewide Bone Marrow Transplantation Service.


He was the first Chairman of the Australian Leukaemia Study Group (1982-84). From 2001 to 2004 he served as President of The Cancer Council of Australia. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia’s Cancer Achievement Award and for 2005-06 he was the Bob Pitney Travelling Fellow for the Haematology Society of Australia & New Zealand. The HSANZ made him a life member in 2008.


He has been author or co-author on over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers as well as conference abstracts and book chapters and a book for the general public Cancer: What to do about it (1990).


In the Australian Queen’s Birthday honours list for 2006 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) “for service to medicine in the fields of oncology and palliative care”.


Kristi Giselsson

Dr Kristi Giselsson

Doctor of Philosophy and Honorary Research Associate, University of Tasmania


Dr Kristi Giselsson graduated in 2009 with a PhD from the School of Philosophy, UTAS, where she is an Honorary Research Scholar.


She also teaches Ethics at Tabor College, Hobart, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics.


Her research interests are broadly within the field of moral philosophy and bioethics and her forthcoming book, Grounds for Respect: Particularism, Universalism, Accountability is being published later this year.


Jeff Malpas

Prof. Jeff Malpas

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tasmania


Jeff Malpas is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania and Distinguished Visiting Professor at LaTrobe University.


Jeff established the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Tasmania in 2000 (now the Inglis Clark Centre) and has long been active in public debate on a wide range of ethical issues.


He is the author or editor of many books, and over a hundred articles and other works. His most recent book, Heidegger and the Thinking of Place appeared with MIT in 2012.


Growing up in NZ, Jeff completed his PhD at the ANU, held positions at the University of New England and Murdoch University before coming to Tasmania, and has also been a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Universities of Heidelberg, Munich and Freiburg.


Ray Groom

Hon. Ray Groom

Former Premier of Tasmania, Chairman of Southern Cross Care


Ray Groom is a lawyer, former Australian sportsman and politician who served as Premier of Tasmania from 1992 to 1996.  During his political career, Ray served as a Federal and State minister for a total of 13 years. 

Ray is actively involved in community affairs and has been a chairman/director of several community organisations since retiring from politics.  


He is currently Chairman of Southern Cross Care Tasmania, an organisation which has provided aged care residential and support services in Tasmania for thirty-four years and is recognised as the leading provider of such services in Tasmania.

In the Australia Day Honours of 2010, Ray was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia.

Carolyn Wallace

Carolyn Wallace

Director of Clinical Services, Southern Cross Care


Carolyn is the Director of Clinical Services for Southern Cross Care, an organisation which has provided aged care residential and support services in Tasmania for over thirty years and is recognised as the leading provider of such services in Tasmania.

Carolyn has over 16 years experience in the aged care sector, overseeing the development of clinical policy and quality and risk management programs, which enhance the quality of end of life care provided to residents of aged care facilities.


Viewpoints on euthanasia and assisted suicide from eminent Tasmanians