Implementation of voluntary assisted dying in Queensland
Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Conference
In October 2022, Queensland Health hosted the Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Conference. Recordings of the conference are now available.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 was passed on 16 September 2021. Voluntary assisted dying will be available in Queensland from 1 January 2023.
A Queensland Health Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Taskforce has been established to provide specialist knowledge, leadership and to guide implementation of voluntary assisted dying in Queensland. Subcommittees have also been established to support implementation and provide overall direction and management across 7 workstreams.
The aims of implementation are to:
- Ensure voluntary assisted dying is implemented safely and effectively.
- Establish a Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Support Service (QVAD-Support) to support Queenslanders and health practitioners accessing voluntary assisted dying.
- Establish a Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Pharmacy Service (QVAD-Pharmacy) to manage the supply and disposal of the voluntary assisted dying substance.
- Set up the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board to ensure appropriate governance and oversight.
- Develop a fit-for purpose ICT solution for use by health professionals and the review board.
- Develop guidelines and training to provide clarity and support for health professionals and providers.
- Conduct extensive clinical and community engagement to deliver a high quality, safe, accessible and compassionate scheme.
- Create awareness of voluntary assisted dying in Queensland.
The implementation of voluntary assisted dying in Queensland will see the establishment and delivery of:
- Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Pharmacy Service (QVAD-Pharmacy) Statewide Pharmacy Service
- manage and supply the voluntary assisted dying substance
- provide support and information to practitioners and people accessing voluntary assisted dying
- Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Support Service (QVAD-Support)
- establish referral pathways and the model of care
- support health practitioners, people wishing to access voluntary assisted dying, family members, carers and friends
- Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board:
- provide independent oversight
- monitor and oversee the safe operation of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021
- report and refer any potential issues or breaches to the appropriate authorities
- regional, rural and remote equity of access:
- establish an approach to support equity for voluntary assisted dying across Queensland
- ICT solution:
- will allow practitioners to record and report to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board on the process
- ensure compliance with the Act and enable monitoring and oversight
- voluntary assisted dying regulation:
- will support the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021
- prescribing, labelling, supply, storage and disposal of the substance
- Review Board record keeping requirements
- clinical policy:
- mandatory training for doctors and nurse practitioners and registered nurses involved in voluntary assisted dying
- multidisciplinary education
- communities of practice
- clinical guidelines, procedures and forms
- guidance for safety and quality, data and clinical informatics
- clinical governance
- communication and engagement:
- create awareness of voluntary assisted dying in Queensland
- deliver a stakeholder engagement and education program for voluntary assisted dying
- build a trusted reputation for voluntary assisted dying that supports people who choose to be involved and those who choose not to be.
Queensland Health would like to acknowledge the extensive and expert input we continue to receive from doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, consumers and all others involved in supporting the implementation of voluntary assisted dying through committees and working groups. Their contribution is invaluable and will help ensure the best outcomes for Queenslanders.
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