An introduction to voluntary assisted dying.
The ACT Government believes all Canberrans should have end of life choices that align with their rights, preferences and values. Canberrans should have access to quality health care, including end of life care, when they need it. However, we know that even with the best end of life care, some Canberrans with an advanced condition, illness or disease experience suffering near the end of their lives.
To promote the autonomy and dignity of those people, the ACT Government has considered how to approach and regulate access to voluntary assisted dying, as all states in Australia have done. Eligible people should be able to make informed choices about the end of their lives, with the support of health professionals and services.
The ACT Government knows most Canberrans support voluntary assisted dying. We are interested in understanding how our communities want voluntary assisted dying to be approached in the ACT. Voluntary assisted dying is a safe and effective medical process that gives an eligible person the option to end their suffering by choosing how and when they die.
We engaged directly with health professionals and stakeholders and with the community through YourSay on the following themes;
During our public consultation period, we received over 375 individual contributions and over 100 submissions from interested stakeholders. We held roundtables and workshops attended by more than 200 people including across the health, disability and aged care sectors. We also heard from nearly 3000 people who completed the YourSay Panel survey about the voluntary assisted dying consultation.
The Listening Report reflects the feedback we heard from our roundtables, meetings, workshops, and submissions from stakeholders and community during the eight weeks of public consultation held earlier this year between February and April.
We held more than 30 meetings with stakeholders to hear their views, including eight roundtables and workshops with key organisations representing health professionals, health consumers, residential aged care, disability, mental health, and First Nations communities. A series of snapshots, which summarise the key themes from each of our roundtables have been shared with participants and are available below.
You can read short, simple Discussion Guides about key topics by clicking on each box below.
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An introduction to voluntary assisted dying.
Who should have access to voluntary assisted dying?
What process should a person follow to access voluntary assisted dying?
The role of health professionals and health services in voluntary assisted dying
How could we monitor voluntary assisted dying to make sure the process is safe and effective?
Your views will help inform the development of a voluntary assisted dying model for the ACT.
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