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What is voluntary assisted dying?

Voluntary assisted dying is about choice. It provides those who are terminally ill and suffering intolerable pain an option, as they near the end of their life, about how, when and where they die.

It’s important to remember, the decision to access voluntary assisted dying is “voluntary” and a person may decide not to continue with the process at any time.

Given its strict eligibility criteria, only a small number of people will be able to access voluntary assisted dying in Queensland.

Voluntary assisted dying is not intended to detract from accessible, effective, and well-resourced palliative care. People with a life-limiting condition do not need to stop palliative care if they are eligible and choose to access voluntary assisted dying.

Last updated: 17 September 2021