The Victorian assisted dying laws are based on those in Oregon, which are quite conservative. Laws in the Netherlands, Belgium and Canada are more relaxed.
Here are five articles in The Conversation's coverage leading up to the passing of Victoria's assisted dying bill.
At the moment there is too much left unsaid.
Doctors often overestimate the time a patient has left to live. In the case of Victoria's assisted dying bill, an optimistic prediction could deny the patient the peaceful death they deserve.
The NSW bill leaves significant questions unanswered, disquieting ethicists, lawyers and doctors.
The main arguments used by those who voted against assisted dying – including that the bill has insufficient safeguards – in Victoria's upper house, deserve further scrutiny.
Whether politicians refer to 'assisted dying', 'assisted suicide' or 'euthanasia' tells us a lot about how they feel about the issue, and the emotional response they aim to convey.
There are several 'gendered risks' in assisted suicide that challenge the idea that women will always be acting autonomously.
One would think governments would do all they could to ensure palliative care is available to all who need it. This is not the case in Australia today.
The assisted dying bill in Victoria – complex and significant – is engendering less heated debate than marriage equality although both tap into some of our most fundamental fears and motivations.
Polls show a clear majority support assisted dying in Britain – but it depends on how the question is asked.
Public opinion, shifting views in the health profession and international trends allowing assisted dying mean it will be lawful in Australia at some point. But will it be lawful in Victoria soon?
Imagine this situation: a person has no medical illness but wishes to end his or her life purely because he or she no longer wishes to live. Should they be eligible for euthanasia or assisted suicide?
When do words at an end-of-life decision constitute a crime? A law professor explains why lawmakers should act to clear up the gray area that remains.
During a discussion on Q&A, author Nikki Gemmell said 80% of Australians and up to 70% of Catholics and Anglicans support euthanasia laws. Is that right?
People are right to be skeptical when it comes to many slippery slope arguments used by those against euthanasia. But some of them are valid and shouldn't be dismissed as 'bullshit'.
An assisted-dying law in the UK is long overdue.
There is a growing body of evidence available on how many people are using euthanasia and assisted dying laws in places where it is legal.
A Victorian legal precedent of how Nembutal can be used during palliative care provides more options for doctors to help their dying patients.
Victoria stands a chance of becoming the first Australian jurisdiction in 20 years, and the first ever Australian state, to have an assisted dying law.