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Thank you for all we've achieved together in 2023

2023 has been an incredible year for end-of-life choice in Australia and we are so grateful for all your support. We couldn't have done it without you.

Together we have:

  • celebrated the introduction of voluntary assisted dying in Queensland, South Australia, and New South Wales

  • recognised four years of access to VAD in Victoria, two years in Western Australia, and one year in Tasmania

  • contributed to a compassionate and ambitious VAD bill in the ACT

  • applauded the Northern Territory Government's decision to begin community consultations on what a proposed VAD law might look like

  • hosted the inaugural Voluntary Assisted Dying Conference, attended by 400 practitioners, policy makers and advocates

  • helped establish VADANZ - the first peak body for VAD practitioners in Australia and New Zealand

  • told the stories of the people who choose VAD and those who help them

  • completed the first annual VAD survey attracting almost 3000 responses.

To all of you who helped make these successes possible - thank you. We couldn't have done it without your support.

In 2024 we will:

  • ensure VAD laws progress in the ACT and NT so every single terminally ill Australian has choice at the end of life

  • redouble of efforts to reform the Commonwealth Criminal Code so electronic communications can be used in VAD services

  • continue to advocate for the removal of unnecessary barriers to access and a sustainable VAD system.

As this year draws to a close, we wish you a relaxing and safe holiday season. 

Please note, the Go Gentle office will close on Friday 22 December and reopen on Monday 8 January.

We look forward to reconnecting in the new year.

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