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Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill Discussion paper Department of Health
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Support services If reading the material in this Discussion paper or thinking about end of life care has raised some issues regarding grief and bereavement or personal crises, the helplines below provide telephone support and counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some can also give online assistance (limited hours, depending on the service). Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement 1800 642 066 Lifeline 13 11 14 To receive this publication in an accessible format phone 9096 8750, using the National Relay Service 13 36 77 if required, or email < [email protected] > Authorised and published by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne. © State of Victoria, Department of Health and Human Services, January 2017. ISBN 978-0-7311-7139-2 (print) ISBN 978-0-7311-7140-8 (online) Available at the DHHS website <https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/health-strategies/government- response-to-inquiry-into-end-of-life-choices-final-report> Printed by Impact Digital Brunswick (1701015) Contents
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Introduction from the Minister for Health ............................................................................................... Chair’s message ....................................................................................................................................... Introduction ............................................................................................................................................... What the Parliamentary Committee has recommended ............................................................................. Responding to this discussion paper ........................................................................................................ Key issues ............................................................................................................................................... The person ................................................................................................................................................ Access and eligibility ................................................................................................................................. Making a request ...................................................................................................................................... Properly informed ..................................................................................................................................... Confirming a request ................................................................................................................................ Conscientious objections .......................................................................................................................... Administering a lethal dose of medication ................................................................................................. Monitoring the use of a lethal dose of medication ..................................................................................... Attendance ................................................................................................................................................ Lethal dose of medication not effective ..................................................................................................... After a person has died ............................................................................................................................. Oversight .................................................................................................................................................. Additional safeguards ............................................................................................................................... Liability and insurance .............................................................................................................................. Conclusion ..............................................................................................................................................
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Introduction from the Minister for Health The Andrews Labor Government believes that all Victorians are entitled to high quality end of life care, consistent with their preferences and values. This includes people having access to high quality palliative care, the right to consent and refuse medical treatments through advance care directives and, in limited circumstances, the option of voluntary assisted dying for those with a terminal illness who are dealing with unbearable suffering. Over the past two years, our Government has undertaken significant reform in improving end of life choices for Victorians. We have released Victoria’s end of life and palliative care framework , to guide improvements in end of life and palliative care services over the next decade. At the end of last year, the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act was passed by the Parliament which provides statutory recognition of advance care directives. The reality for some Victorians who are at the end of their lives is that even the best palliative care will not relieve pain. We must follow the lead of other countries and do more to give people with terminal illness genuine choice at the end of their lives.
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