The parliamentary inquiries' committees recognised the reality that for some Australians who are at the end of their lives even the best palliative care will not relieve suffering. But they also recognised that any voluntary assisted dying law has to work hand-in-hand with increased resources for good palliative care. We strongly support that.
Voluntary assisted dying is not intended to replace palliative care. It is adding one more end-of-life option alongside palliative care for doctors and their patients to explore. In Oregon, nine out of ten patients who choose a doctor's help to die are also enrolled in hospice care.