Journal article

23 Nov 2018

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) will come into force in June 2019, becoming the first law in Australia in 20 years to permit voluntary assisted dying (VAD). This paper considers how other Australian states and territories are likely to respond to this development.

Journal article

1 Nov 2018

In the debate on euthanasia or assisted dying, many different arguments have been advanced either for or against legal reform in the academic literature, and much contemporary academic research seeks to engage with these arguments. However, very little research has been undertaken to track the...


The report of the Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices
23 Aug 2018

This inquiry found that the current lawful options available to people experiencing grievous and irremediable suffering at end of life are inadequate, and can be exceptionally difficult for the dying person and for their family and friends.


31 Jan 2018

New Zealand MPs will cast a conscience vote on a euthanasia bill. But with 49 out of 120 seats held by 'list' MPs, this raises issues about the democratic process under the country's electoral system.

Audio interview

23 Nov 2017

Victoria is poised to become the first Australian state to legalise voluntary assisted dying after a historic bill was passed yesterday in the state parliament.

Briefing paper

14 Nov 2017

On 21 September 2017, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 was introduced into the NSW Legislative Council. This paper compares it with a similar Bill in Victoria.


31 Oct 2017

This resource provides the context and the foundation for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017.


21 Jul 2017

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Ministerial Advisory Panel was given the responsibility of developing a safe and compassionate voluntary assisted dying framework for Victoria.


9 Jun 2017

With a draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 released in NSW in May, this paper outlines recent developments and studies in countries that allow euthanasia and assisted suicide.


17 May 2017

The purpose of this interim report is to reflect the range of views that the Voluntary Assisted Dying Ministerial Advisory Panel has noted and will be considering in the development of its recommendations for the introduction of voluntary assisted dying in Victoria.

Discussion paper

23 Jan 2017

Following the Victorian Parliamentary Committee's Inquiry into end of life choices, the Victorian government has appointed a Ministerial Advisory Panel to develop voluntary assisted dying legislation for introduction into Parliament in 2017. This discussion paper seeks feedback on the Parliamentary Committee's recommendations to help create...

Journal article

31 Aug 2016

Objective: Decisions about life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity are an integral part of intensive care (IC) practice. This paper compares Intensivists with six other specialties most often involved in end-of-life care as to their knowledge, attitudes and practice in relation to the law...

Journal article

31 Jul 2016

This article considers the implications that recent euthanasia developments in Belgium might have for the Australian debate on assisted dying. Through media database and internet searches, four significant developments in Belgium were identified: three cases involving individuals who requested access to euthanasia, and recent changes...


11 May 2016

Voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide for patients with a terminal illness and suffering severe pain to be decriminalised.

In addition to the patient’s primary medical practitioner a second and independent practitioner would be required to confirm his / her agreement with the diagnosis and...

Journal article

27 Apr 2016

Within Australia, there have been many attempts to pass voluntary euthanasia (VE) or physician-assisted suicide (PAS) legislation. From 16 June 1993 until the date of writing, 51 Bills have been introduced into Australian parliaments dealing with legalising VE or PAS. Despite these numerous attempts, the...


29 Jan 2016

Submission of the Human Rights Commission to the New Zealand Parliament Health Select Committee in relation to its investigation into end of life matters. The submission supports the view that a legal framework permitting assistance to be given to a competent terminally ill adult to...

Journal article

1 Jan 2016

Law establishes a framework for making decisions about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity. However, to what extent do doctors know and follow this law? This article reports on a three-year empirical study that sought to answer these questions. The research...

Journal article

1 Jan 2016

The law regulates many aspects of decision-making around the withholding and withdrawing of life-sustaining medical treatment from adults who lack decision-making capacity and are approaching the end of their lives. For example, it governs whether an adult’s advance directive is binding and applicable and, if...

Audio presentation

2 Dec 2015

What is a good death? The past two decades have seen more than sixteen state or federal attempts – and failures – to create a law in Australia that allows voluntary assisted death. Polls show support for such laws. But our elected representatives hesitate to...


26 Nov 2015

Professor Peter Singer (Princeton) and Associate Professor Charles Camosy (Fordham University) debated the ethics of euthanasia and assisted suicide at the International Conference on End of Life in Brisbane, 2014.

The conference was co-hosted by QUT’s Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Dalhousie Health...



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