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Information for health services and care providers

Queensland’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 aims to balance the rights of entities (e.g. hospitals, hospices, residential aged care facilities) with the rights of individuals seeking access to voluntary assisted dying.

There are legal requirements for service providers at each stage of the voluntary assisted dying process.

Guidance for health services and care providers

Queensland Health is developing guidance for health services and aged care providers offering information regarding their rights and legal responsibilities related to voluntary assisted dying. This work will be done during the scheme’s implementation period.

The department will work with health and aged care professionals and providers—including those that may have an objection to providing voluntary assisted dying—to assist with the development of policies and other arrangements ahead of the scheme coming into effect from 1 January 2023.

The guidance will cover:

  • the Statewide Care Navigator Service and Statewide Pharmacy Service models of care
  • training requirements for medical officers and nurse practitioners who opt in as coordinating or consulting practitioners
  • managing requests for information and access to voluntary assisted dying
  • referral, transfer arrangements, risk assessment, clinical handover and interdisciplinary coordinated care
  • how external practitioners providing voluntary assisted dying should engage and communicate with a facility
  • informing the public if a health service or care provider doesn’t provide voluntary assisted dying services and
  • conscientious objection.
Last updated: 17 September 2021