Voluntary Assisted Dying in Queensland
Access to voluntary assisted dying will not be available until 1 January 2023, when the scheme commences.
The Queensland Parliament has passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021. This will allow eligible people to access voluntary assisted dying as an additional end of life option in Queensland, should they be eligible.
The Act sets out a legal process for people who are suffering and dying from an advanced and progressive life-limiting condition the right to choose the timing and circumstances of their death.
There are strict criteria for who will be eligible to access voluntary assisted dying.
Complex clinical and administrative arrangements are needed to establish a voluntary assisted dying scheme in Queensland. Queensland Health is progressing this work under the guidance of an implementation taskforce.
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Voluntary assisted dying will provide an additional end of life option to a person who is dying, if they meet strict eligibility criteria.
How the Act came about, consultation, feedback and the parliamentary process.
Voluntary assisted dying will allow an eligible person already dying to right to do so safely with medical support and care.
There is strict criteria for who will be able to access voluntary assisted dying.
Read about the process for accessing voluntary assisted dying.
Process for how the voluntary assisted dying substance will be administered.
Safeguards within the scheme to protect vulnerable people from coercion, abuse and exploitation.
People living in regional, rural and remote areas will be able to access voluntary assisted dying.
What medical practitioners, nurses and other health care workers need to know.
What health and aged care providers need to know.
How Queensland’s scheme will be managed.
Read about other state’s laws and voluntary assisted dying schemes.
Support is available if you are finding information about end of life matters upsetting or difficult.