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Posted on March 23, 2019 at 4:00 AM

Several Australian states and territories have engaged in comprehensive inquiries into end-of-life healthcare policy. The latest report, this week, is from the Australian Capitol Territory. 

The chapters in the 133-page report address:

  1. Advance care planning
  2. Death literacy
  3. Elder abuse
  4. Palliative care
  5. Voluntary assisted dying

A majority of the Committee strongly suggests that if there is a time when the ACT Legislative Assembly gives serious consideration to VAD, the following safeguards or criteria would be necessary to have confidence in the operation of such a scheme:
  • That the person is 18 years or older
  • That the person has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or a serious condition that cannot be sufficiently relieved by palliative care, and that a timeframe be considered
  • That the person is independently assessed by at least one general practitioner to determine that the person is of sound mind to make a decision regarding voluntary assisted dying
  • That the person has been given adequate information about the voluntary assisted dying scheme and the implications of their decision

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