Voluntary assisted dying will provide an additional end of life option to a person who is dying, if they meet strict eligibility criteria.
Voluntary assisted dying will allow an eligible person already dying to right to do so safely with medical support and care.
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.
What does the passage of our VAD Act mean to you? Please share your story.
The passage of Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation will reduce anxiety and trauma in our society even before anyone applies to take advantage of its provisions. Please share you story on what the Queensland VAD Act means to you, by submitting your message to [email protected]
VAD law pioneer, former NT chief minister Marshall Perron
“If the terminally ill have a right to die with dignity at a time they choose, the situation can be very different. There is also evidence that having access to the means to die can reinvigorate the will to live. The reason being that the individual knows they are in control of when they will die.”
Cynthia Workman, Bundaberg.
On the 15th of Jan my father-in-law succumbed to his cancer which was riddled throughout his body. Glen was a strong proud man who worked his life as a car panel beater. He loved his garden and was saddened when he could no longer enjoy his biggest love apart from family was his fishing and it was a very sad day when it went into the shed for the last time. If only VAD was in he could have died a more peaceful way. The passage of VAD would have given him peace-of-mind. The peace we, his family, would have felt would have erased that nightmare that we feel we are still living today! R.I.P Glen.
Phyllis Wagner, DWDQ Secretary
I have had people come to talk with me mainly to share how they were looking forward to the final implementation of VAD. I heard comments such as, “I don’t know if I will use it, but knowing that can be so restful.” “It gives me control of my life again.” “This has been my life all along, now I have control again. It is my choice.”
Kurt Wagner 1946-2021