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An overview of voluntary assisted dying

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 (the Act) was passed in September 2021. It will be available to eligible Queenslanders from 1 January 2023.

Voluntary assisted dying is an additional end-of-life choice that gives eligible people who are suffering and dying the option of asking for medical assistance to end their lives. There are strict eligibility criteria for accessing voluntary assisted dying.

The law respects the rights of healthcare workers to not provide voluntary assisted dying. Medical practitioners, healthcare workers and health services need to be aware of their rights, roles and responsibilities as detailed in the Act.

Queensland Health is working on putting in place the clinical and administrative arrangements needed to ensure that voluntary assisted dying is high quality, safe, accessible and compassionate. Learn more about the implementation of voluntary assisted dying.

Update on implementation

Watch our most recent webinar to find out more about voluntary assisted dying in Queensland.

Last updated: 22 August 2022

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Contact the Voluntary Assisted Dying Unit by emailing: VADImplementation@health.qld.gov.au

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