In recent years, a number of proposals to legalise medical assistance in dying have been considered by Parliaments in Australia and New Zealand. Most recently, Bills were introduced in the Victorian and New South Wales Parliaments in September 2017. The Victorian Parliament passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill in November 2017 and the scheme is due to commence in June 2019.
The RACP Policy and Advocacy Council has established a Working Party to develop a College position on these issues that is informed by consultation with Fellows and trainees, and that will offer a meaningful and contemporary contribution to policy debate.
A discussion paper has been developed for Fellows and trainees and a large volume of feedback has already been received in response. We have given Fellows and Trainees further opportunities to engage and contribute on this topic via:
- Reading the discussion paper
- Taking part in an online discussion that ran until 22 December 2017
- Attending a face to face forum held in November 2017 in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne