Here’s who is eligible to request voluntary assisted dying in NSW and how its laws compare with those in other Australian jurisdictions.
The first Australian Capital Territory voluntary assisted dying bill in more than 25 years was tabled in parliament yesterday. So what will MPs vote on? And how is it different to state legislation?
The decision-making capacity of people under 18 would be assessed on a case-by-case basis by medical practitioners.
Finding a supportive doctor willing and qualified to assess your eligibility for voluntary assisted dying sometimes depends on luck.
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This year sees three more states introduce voluntary assisted dying. But there are still several barriers to overcome.
It’s been a long time coming. But this latest news means the ACT and NT could draw up their own voluntary assisted dying laws, bringing them into line with the states.
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Terminally ill patients who seek an assisted death have no desire to end their life. Calling their decision ‘assisted suicide’ can have harmful consequences.
Aged care facilities and hospices can block access to voluntary assisted dying, despite it being legal in your state.
Voluntary assisted dying is now legal, or will soon will be, in all six states. But we need enough doctors to put their hands up for training.
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Law-makers need to consider the effect of facilitating assisted dying on healthcare professionals.
Multiple amendments could make the law unwieldy, incoherent and even unworkable.
The proposed NSW legislation is similar to other states, including replicating a key flaw.
Under the Commonwealth Criminal Code, it’s an offence to use a ‘carriage service’ — which includes phone, videoconferencing or email —for the purposes of conveying ‘suicide related material’.
Interviews with 32 doctors who provided voluntary assisted dying services in Victoria found layers of bureaucracy made it difficult for patients to access the system. Some died while waiting.
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