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Information for medical practitioners and healthcare workers

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.

Legal obligations for all medical practitioners

All medical practitioners have obligations under the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021, including those who choose not to participate in voluntary assisted dying.

Scope of practice for medical practitioners and healthcare workers

Learn about the scope of practice and roles for medical practitioners and healthcare workers for voluntary assisted dying.

Participating in voluntary assisted dying

How medical practitioners and healthcare workers participate in voluntary assisted dying depends on their willingness, eligibility and training.

Healthcare workers' role in the voluntary assisted dying process

Information for healthcare workers on responding to requests for information about voluntary assisted dying.

Conscientious objection

Learn about the obligations under the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 that apply to healthcare workers who have a conscientious objection.

Legal protection and offences

Learn about the legal protection and offences under the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 for people involved in the voluntary assisted dying process, including healthcare workers.

End-of-life care options

Information about palliative care, advance care planning and voluntary assisted dying.

Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Handbook

The Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Handbook is a valuable resource to assist healthcare workers, health services and others understand their roles and responsibilities.

Last updated: 9 June 2022

Contact us

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

Stay informed

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Apply to become a voluntary assisted dying practitioner

Learn more about the practitioner eligibility requirements and submit your application to become an authorised voluntary assisted dying practitioner.

Education module for healthcare workers

Developed in partnership with Queensland University of Technology, this short online education module is available to all healthcare workers in Queensland. It provides an overview of the voluntary assisted dying process, and roles and responsibilites of healthcare workers.

Access the online module

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 9268 kB).