2. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Law in Western Australia


On 10 December 2019, Western Australia became the second Australian state to pass a contemporary, compassionate and safe voluntary assisted dying law. Like the Victorian law before it, it offers a choice to competent adults with a terminal illness who have six months or less to live (12 months for neuro-degenerative illnesses). While modeled on the Victorian law, the WA law has several differences, namely giving doctors and nurses permission to raise the issue of VAD with their patients during clinical setting, and giving patients the choice of either self-administering the lethal medication or allowing doctors or nurse practitioners to administer it on their behalf. 

More information can be found at the Western Australian Government's Department of Health website