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Becoming an authorised voluntary assisted dying practitioner

Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Conference

The Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and virtually, on Saturday 29 October 2022.

Register to join and learn more about the conference, including the program and speakers.

There are 3 key roles in Queensland’s voluntary assisted dying process—coordinating, consulting, and administering practitioners, which are collectively referred to as ‘authorised voluntary assisted dying practitioners’.

To enable safe, high-quality, compassionate access to voluntary assisted dying for Queenslanders, Queensland Health invites registrations of interest from:

Before registering your interest, you should consider whether you meet eligibility requirements.

Practitioner eligibility requirements

Practitioner eligibility to participate as an authorised voluntary assisted dying practitioner is defined in Part 5 of the Act. Additional eligibility requirements are approved by the Director-General of Queensland Health under ss.161-163 of the Act.

Medical practitioner requirements

Medical practitioner eligibility to act as a coordinating, consulting or administering practitioner in Queensland.

A medical practitioner must:

  • hold specialist registration only and have practised for at least 1 year as the holder of specialist registration, OR
  • hold general registration only and have practised for at least 5 years as the holder of general registration, OR
  • hold specialist registration and general registration and have practised for at least 5 years as the holder of general registration

Overseas trained specialist eligibility

An overseas trained specialist must hold:

  • limited registration with a sub-type of:
    • area of need – Specialist Pathway, OR
    • post graduate training or supervised practice – Specialist Pathway – Specialist Recognition, OR
  • provisional registration as an international medical graduate eligible for the competent authority pathway as an overseas-trained specialist.

They must also have:

  • completed at least 12 months working in a supervised position in Australia and met the approved supervised practice plan arrangements, AND
  • at least 5 years of experience practicing as a specialist overseas or in Australia, AND
  • undergone formal assessment by the relevant Australian college.

Additionally, all medical practitioners must:

  • have clinically practised twice the minimum hours per registration period[1] described in the Registration Standard: Recency of Practice published by the Medical Board of Australia. This must include a relevant scope of clinical practice, including experience in caring for people towards the end of life, patient assessment, and clinical decision-making.[2]
  • not have any notations, conditions, undertakings, or reprimands on their Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority registration record which make the practitioner unsuitable to undertake roles under the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 as determined by the Director-General (or delegate).
  • not have been (or are currently) subject of a substantiated claim or complaint or had adverse findings made against them by a registration authority and/or ethical standards/regulatory complaints authority, or any other professional, disciplinary, or similar bodies including those outside Australia which make the practitioner unsuitable to undertake roles under the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 as determined by the Director-General (or delegate).
  • have medical indemnity insurance, which may be through their employer.

Nursing requirements

Nurse practitioners

To be eligible to participate in voluntary assisted dying in Queensland as an administering practitioner, you must:

  • have practiced as a nurse practitioner for at least 1 year
  • hold registration endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner in the Division/Registration Type - Registered Nurse (Division 1)

Registered nurses

To be eligible to participate in voluntary assisted dying in Queensland as an administering practitioner, you must:

  • have practiced as registered nurse for at least 5 years
  • hold registration in the Division/Registration Type - Registered Nurse (Division 1).

Additionally all nurse practitioners and registered nurses must

To be eligible to participate in voluntary assisted dying in Queensland as an administering practitioner, you must:

  • have practiced as registered nurse for at least 5 years
  • hold registration in the Division/Registration Type - Registered Nurse (Division 1).
  • have clinically practised twice the minimum hours per registration period[3] described in the Registration Standard: Recency of Practice published by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. This must include a relevant scope of clinical practice, including experience in caring for people towards the end of life, patient assessment and clinical decision-making.[4]
  • not have any notations, conditions, undertakings, or reprimands on their Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (Ahpra) registration record which make the nurse practitioner unsuitable to undertake role under the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 as determined by the DG (or delegate).
  • not have been (or are currently) subject of a substantiated claim or complaint or had adverse findings made against them by a registration authority and/or ethical standards/regulatory complaints authority, or any other professional, disciplinary, or similar bodies including those outside Australia which make the practitioner unsuitable to undertake roles under the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 as determined by the Director-General (or delegate).
  • have nursing indemnity insurance, which may be through their employer.

Register your interest

Register your interest in becoming an authorised voluntary assisted dying practitioner and be kept up to date as more information on the application and verification process becomes available.

Further information

If you require more information, please contact Queensland Health’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Unit via email: vadimplementation@health.qld.gov.au.


1 Medical practitioners must have clinically practiced for a minimum of 8 weeks full-time equivalent in 12 months (304 hours), or 24 weeks full-time equivalent over 36 months (912 hours). Full-time equivalent is 38 hours per week. The maximum number of hours that can be counted per week is 38 hours.

2 Applicants who do not meet these criteria but can demonstrate comparable experience may be considered at the discretion of the Director-General (or delegate).

3 For nurses the current standard states: 450 hours within the past 5 years, for both clinical and non-clinical practice roles for nurses and midwives.

4 Applicants who do not meet these criteria but can demonstrate comparable experience may be considered at the discretion of the Director-General (or delegate).

Last updated: 9 June 2022

Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Handbook

The Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Handbook (QVAD Handbook) assists healthcare workers, health services and others to understand their roles and responsibilities, and supports compliance with the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 (the Act).

Read the Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Handbook (PDF 2759 kB).