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What is Voluntary Assisted Dying?
Voluntary Assisted Dying is an end of life option available in Queensland to residents of Australian citizenship, who are terminally ill, suffering intolerably and meet other strict criteria. Voluntary Assisted Dying allows an eligible person already dying, the right to do so safely with medical support and care.
There is strict criteria for who is able to access Voluntary Assisted Dying. These include:
- The person requesting VAD must have a terminal illness that will cause them to die within 12 months
- They must be suffering intolerably
- They must be a Queensland resident and be able to prove that they have lived in Queensland for the previous twelve months
- They must request VAD two times to two independent medical practitioners and again directly prior to the administration of the VAD substance
- The person has decision-making capacity in relation to VAD
- The person is acting voluntarily and without coercion
Principles of Voluntary Assisted Dying
As per the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021, the principles that underpin Queensland's VAD legislation 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.
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.