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Round-up of action you can take on a State by State basis

Here's what you can do to contribute to better conversations around end of life choices and voluntary assisted dying. As VAD is a health issue, actions are generally organised at the State and Territory level (rather than Federal). 


ACT   New South Wales  |  Northern Territory  |  Queensland   South Australia  |  Tasmania   |   Victoria  |   Western Australia  |  National  

 


 



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NSW

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has made it clear her government would be reluctant to allow debate on VAD in this parliamentary term. However, Independent MP Alex Greenwich has announed he will introduce a bill in the second half of 2021.

Dying with Dignity NSW has started its campaign and is actively looking for volunteers. 

How you can help

Contact your MPs to let them know you want them to support voluntary assisted dying law reform.
Not sure who they are? Use our MP Look-up Tool to find them. 

Not sure what to say? Download our Contact your MP pack for some tips.



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Northern Territory / ACT

The Northern Territory passed Australia’s first voluntary assisted dying laws in 1995, only to see them overturned less than two years later by the federal government.
 
Legislation introduced at the time by the Commonwealth stripped the NT and Australian Capital Territory of the right to legislate for themselves on the issue.

ACT Labor MP Tara Cheyne has started a campaign to restore the rights of the territories so they can consider legislation again. The NT's Judy Dent, whose husband Bob was the first person to use the NT laws before they were overturned, runs a Facebook page The Northern Territory Voluntary Euthanasia Society.

How you can help

Sign Tara Cheyne's petition and share it with your friends.

Contact your Federal MPs to let them know you want them to support this Territory Rights. Not sure who they are? Use our MP Look-up Tool to find them. 

Not sure what to say? Here are some key messages for your Federal MPs

  • As a voter, you feel strongly about voluntary assisted dying laws;
  • You feel strongly that Territory citizens should have the democratic right to decide these laws and not be second class citizens in their own country; 
  • Territorians should be able to make their own decisions about health care at the end of life; 
  • You want federal parliamentarians to support a Bill restoring Territories' rights.
  • Read more at http://restoreterritoryrights.org/


National - Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying Choice

HPAD Choice is a national list of over 450 practising, retired and student healthcare professionals. We include doctors, nurses, psychologists and other allied health workers.

We support mentally competent adults having the right to choose an assisted death, subject to strict safeguards, if they have intolerable suffering from a terminal or incurable medical condition for which there is no realistic chance of a cure or relief. Voluntary assisted dying laws would allow such people the right to end their lives at the time and place of their choosing and in the presence of their loved ones. 

How you can help

If you are a health professional, sign up to HPAD Choice

If you happen to speak to your health professional and you know they're in support, get them to sign up to https://www.hpadchoice.org.au/ - it can be anonymous.  

 



Victoria

Victoria is currently one of two Australian states with a VAD law in operation. Find out more here.

How you can help

You can raise awareness of VAD in your state by speaking to your doctor and asking them to undertake the VAD Training, provided by the Victorian government.

If you are a health professional, sign up to HPAD Choice, it can be anonymous.



Western Australia

Western Australia is currently one of two Australian states with a VAD law in operation. Find out more here.

How you can help

In the meantime, you can raise awareness of VAD in your state by speaking to your doctor and asking them to undertake the VAD Training, provided by the WA government.

If you are a health professional, sign up to HPAD Choice, it can be anonymous.



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Tasmania

Tasmania's law is expected to comence in 2022. Find out more here.

How you can help

In the meantime, you can raise awareness of VAD in your state by speaking to your doctor and asking if they would consider doing the training, once it becomes available.

If you are a health professional, sign up to HPAD Choice, it can be anonymous.

 



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South Australia

South Australia's law was passed on 24 June 2021 and is expected to come into effect in approximately 18-24 months. Find out more here.

How you can help

In the meantime, you can raise awareness of VAD in your state by speaking to your doctor and asking if they would consider doing the training, once it becomes available.

If you are a health professional, sign up to HPAD Choice, it can be anonymous.

 

 



Queensland

Queensland's was passed on 16 September 2021 and will commence January 2023. Find out more here.

How you can help

In the meantime, you can raise awareness of VAD in your state by speaking to your doctor and asking if they would consider doing the training, once it becomes available.

If you are a health professional, sign up to HPAD Choice, it can be anonymous.