Victorians End of Life support – Voluntary Assisted Dying Act commences this week

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On 29 November 2017, the Victorian Parliament passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017. From 19 June 2019, Victorians at the end of life who are suffering and who meet strict eligibility criteria will be able to request access to voluntary assisted dying.

Voluntary assisted dying means administering a medication for the purpose of causing death in accordance with the steps and process set out in law.

Voluntary assisted dying must be voluntary and initiated by the person themselves, and it will usually be self-administered. Only those who are already dying from an incurable, advanced and progressive disease, illness or medical condition will be able to access voluntary assisted dying.

Voluntary assisted dying is only for those who face an inevitable, imminent death as a result of an incurable disease, illness or medical condition.

In May 2015, the Legislative Council agreed to a motion for the Standing Committee on Legal and Social Issues to inquire into, consider, and report on the need for laws in Victoria to allow citizens to make informed decisions regarding their own end of life choices. In June 2016, the Committee tabled its final report, Inquiry into End of Life Choices, and made 49 recommendations, including that Victoria should legalise assisted dying.

Victoria is the first state in Australia to pass voluntary assisted dying laws. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (2017) provides a safe legal framework for people who are suffering and dying to choose the manner and timing of their death.

With comprehensive safeguards and rigorous protections, the process for accessing voluntary assisted dying in Victoria will be the safest and most conservative in the world.

FAQ Voluntary Assisted Dying Statewide Pharmacy Service

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