Mercy death
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Voluntary Assisted Dying: Law? Health? Justice?

This publication brings together critical perspectives on voluntary assisted dying itself, and on various practices adjacent to it, including questions of state power, population ageing, the differential treatment of human and non-human animals at the time of death, the management of health care processes through...
Briefing paper

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 (NSW): a comparison with legislation in other states

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 was introduced in the Parliament of NSW by Independent MP, Alex Greenwich, on 14 October 2021. This paper considers the Bill, especially its provisions concerning eligibility criteria, the process involved, safeguards and allowance for conscientious objection. It includes a...
Briefing paper

Voluntary assisted dying research: a policy briefing

This briefing summarises research about voluntary assisted dying (VAD) conducted by Professors Ben White and Lindy Willmott (with colleagues).

Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board: report of operations - July to December 2020

This is the fourth report from the independent Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board.

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

This is the third report from the independent Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board.

Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board: report of operations - June to December 2019

This report is the second from the independent Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board.
Journal article

Regulating voluntary assisted dying in Australia: some insights from the Netherlands

Over two decades of Dutch experience with voluntary assisted dying can inform deliberations about the nature of a regulatory framework in Australian jurisdictions, according to the authors of this article.

Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board: report of operations 2018-19

This report is the first from the independent Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board.
Briefing paper

Key issues for the 57th Parliament

This paper provides Members of the 57th Parliament of New South Wales with an authoritative overview of 45 key issues affecting the state in 2019. It presents the latest evidence on key areas for the NSW community such as health, education, crime and justice, housing...
Journal article

Victoria's voluntary assisted dying law: clinical implementation as the next challenge

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) (VAD Act) will become operational on 19 June 2019. A designated 18‐month implementation period has seen an Implementation Taskforce appointed, and work is underway on projects including developing clinical guidance, models of care, medication protocols and training for...
Journal article

Future of assisted dying reform in Australia

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.

Experience internationally of the legalisation of assisted dying on the palliative care sector: final report

This report examines the international experience on the palliative care sector of the legalisation of voluntary assisted dying (VAD).

My life, my choice

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.
Audio interview

Euthanasia vote was 'Victoria at its best', says Premier Daniel Andrews

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

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (NSW): a comparison with the Victorian Bill

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.

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017

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

Ministerial Advisory Panel on Voluntary Assisted Dying: final report

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

Euthanasia and assisted suicide

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.

Interim report of the Ministerial Advisory Panel: consultation overview - Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

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

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill: discussion paper

This discussion paper seeks feedback on the Parliamentary Committee's recommendations to help create a safe and practical voluntary assisted dying framework.

Inquiry into end of life choices: final report

During this inquiry, the Committee received 1037 submissions, 925 from individuals in a private capacity and 112 from organisations. The overwhelming majority of individual submissions discussed assisted dying. Only a small number focused solely on palliative care.

Dying with dignity

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 prognosis...

Ethics of euthanasia and assisted suicide

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 Law...


This updated version (of an October 2010 issues backgrounder) takes account of the recent introduction of the Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill in New South Wales. Recent cases in Australia are canvassed as are proposed reforms and recommendations in selected jurisdictions, notably South Australia...

The right to choose an assisted death: time for legislation?

This report on voluntary euthanasia law reform by think-tank Australia21 and QUT Health Law Research Centre was launched as Parliament House in Canberra on 26 April 2013. The report recommends state governments legislate to permit voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide in particular circumstances, urges the...