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LIV calls for access to voluntary assisted dying by telehealth

LIV calls for access to voluntary assisted dying by telehealth

By LIV Health Law Section

Health Human Rights Regional Technology Voluntary Assisted Dying 

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The LIV has written to the Department of Health urging an immediate change in guidelines provided to health practitioners to promote access to voluntary assisted dying (VAD) services by telehealth.

The LIV urgently requests the Department of Health to amend its advice to health practitioners that providing patients with information about VAD through a carriage service could be a breach of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The LIV also urgently requests the Department of Health to amend its requirement that all discussions, consultations, and assessments by health practitioners with patients, family and carers regarding voluntary assisted dying must occur face-to-face.

The LIV is concerned that many Victorians are being practically denied the ability to access VAD under Victorian law, due to potentially unfounded concerns about a Commonwealth law that may be ‘extremely unlikely’ to apply.

Irrespective of potential legislative amendments, the LIV is urging the Victorian Department of Health to take immediate steps to ameliorate the issue of lack of access to VAD for vulnerable Victorians and those living outside metropolitan centres.

To access the LIV submission, please click here.

Additionally the opinion of Robert Richter QC and William Stark may be accessed here; and that of Stephen Walker, here.

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Matthew Fanning
Paralegal - LIV Health Law Section
mfanning@liv.asn.au or (03) 9607 9379

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