Victoria's Voluntary Assisted Dying Law: Clinical Implementation as the Next Challenge

Medical Journal of Australia 2019; 210 (5) doi: 10.5694/mja18.01000

6 Pages Posted: 2 May 2019 Last revised: 9 Jun 2019

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Ben White

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

Lindy Willmott

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

Eliana Close

Queensland University of Technology

Date Written: February 25, 2019

Abstract

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) (VAD Act) will become operational on 19 June 2019. A designated 18‐month implementation period has seen an Implementation Taskforce appointed, and work is underway on projects including developing clinical guidance, models of care, medication protocols and training for doctors participating in voluntary assisted dying (VAD). While some have written on the scope of, and reaction to, the VAD legislation there has been very little commentary on its implementation. Yet, important choices must be made about translating these laws into clinical practice. These choices have major implications for doctors and other health professionals (including those who choose not to facilitate VAD), patients, hospitals and other health providers. This article considers some key challenges in implementing Victoria's VAD legislation.

Keywords: voluntary assisted dying, assisted dying

Suggested Citation

White, Ben and Willmott, Lindy and Close, Eliana, Victoria's Voluntary Assisted Dying Law: Clinical Implementation as the Next Challenge (February 25, 2019). Medical Journal of Australia 2019; 210 (5) doi: 10.5694/mja18.01000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3343952

Ben White (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/whiteb/

Lindy Willmott

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/willmott/

Eliana Close

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

2 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Australia

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