Challenges as voluntary assisted dying becomes legal in Victoria

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Patients in Victoria will have a lawful choice on voluntary assisted dying. Image by Wikimedia Commons

In November 2017, the Victorian government approved the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, becoming the first Australian state to legalise it. After 18 months, the bill will kick in on the 19 June this year. While the government and health services are getting ready, experts are concerned about three main issues: how the patient will approach a GP for VAD, which GPs will be on board with the law, and if health services will allow VAD to be performed.

According to experts and advocates, these questions will be answered once the bill becomes a law.

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