What is voluntary assisted dying?

Voluntary assisted dying will provide an additional end of life option to a person who is dying, if they meet strict eligibility criteria.

 

Why we need a voluntary assisted dying law

Voluntary assisted dying will allow an eligible person already dying to right to do so safely with medical support and care.

 

Eligibility

There is strict criteria for who will be able to access voluntary assisted dying.

 

Principles of Voluntary Assisted Dying

The principles that underpin Queensland's VAD Act are:

(a) human life is of fundamental importance;

(b) and every person has inherent dignity and should be treated equally and with compassion and respect;

(c) and a person’s autonomy, including autonomy in relation to end of life choices, should be respected;

(d) and every person approaching the end of life should be provided with high quality care and treatment, including palliative care, to minimise the person’s suffering and maximise the person’s quality of life;

(e) and access to voluntary assisted dying and other end of life choices should be available regardless of where a person lives in Queensland;

(f) and a person should be supported in making informed decisions about end of life choices;

(g) and a person who is vulnerable should be protected from coercion and exploitation;

(h) and a person’s freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief and enjoyment of their culture should be respected.

 

Acknowledgement

Dying with Dignity Queensland acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and seas on which we live and work, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. 

Dying with Dignity Queensland respects and values diverse life challenges, creating an environment that is inclusive of us all. 


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