Voluntary Assisted Dying Consultation Update
Following consultation, the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill has undergone a number of amendments since the consultation draft was distributed July 2021.
I thank the many members of the NSW Parliament who engaged in this process, providing me with feedback and reaching out to their communities. In addition to MPs from both houses, I consulted with a wide range of organisations including the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, the Paramedics Association (NSW), the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, The Law Society of New South Wales, the Health Services Union, the NSW Ombudsman, and age care providers including Uniting.
Along with many stakeholders, I am confident that this bill provides the safest framework for people who are in the last stages of a terminal illness and whose pain and suffering has become unbearable, to get help to end their suffering peacefully, with dignity and surrounded by the people they love.
The below resources will help inform you on the legislation set to be introduced into the NSW Parliament in October 2021.
- Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 pre-introduction draft > HERE.
- Summary of Substantial Amendments Since Consultation Draft > HERE.
- FAQs including QLD comparison and statistics from VIC > HERE.
- Flow Chart Table of Proposed VAD Process > HERE.
- Recent Polling on Voluntary Assisted Dying > HERE.
- Older Women's Network > HERE.
- Doctors' Letter to NSW MPs > HERE.
- ACON Letter to NSW MPs > HERE.
- Cancer Voices NSW (CVN) > HERE.
- Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) > HERE.
- Christians Supporting Choice for Voluntary Assisted Dying > HERE.
- Humanists Australia > HERE.
- Rationalist Society of Australia (RSA) > HERE.
- National Secular Lobby (NSL) > HERE.
- MARQUE Lawyers > HERE.
- Nicholas Cowdery AO QC FAAL > HERE.
- Council on the Ageing (COTA) NSW > HERE.