Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board: report of operations - January to June 2020

Euthanasia Assisted dying Victoria

This is the third report from the independent Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board. It details activity under the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 from 1 January to 30 June 2020.

The report includes details about who is accessing voluntary assisted dying – such as age, location and illness – which has previously not been reported due to privacy and lower numbers.

  • Almost four out of five of those who died from taking the prescribed medication had terminal cancer. Others had a neurodegenerative disease, or other diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, cardiomyopathy or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Applicants for voluntary assisted dying were aged between 32 and 100 years, with an average age of 71 years.
  • 44 per cent of applicants were female, 55 per cent were male and one per cent selected ‘self-described’ as their sex.
  • 62 per cent of applicants resided in a metropolitan area and 38 per cent in a regional or rural area.
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