Select Committee on End of Life Choices in the ACT Issues Report

Several Australian states and territories have engaged in comprehensive inquiries into end-of-life healthcare policy. The latest report, this week, is from the Australian Capitol Territory.  The chapters in the 133-page report address:Advance care planning Death literacy Elder abuse Palliative care Voluntary assisted dying A majority of the Committee strongly suggests that if there is a time when the ACT Legislative Assembly gives serious consideration to VAD, the following safeguards or criteria would be necessary to have confidence in the operation of such a scheme: That the person is 18 years or older That the person has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or a serious condition that cannot be sufficiently relieved by palliative care, and that a timeframe be considered That the person is independently assessed by at least one general practitioner to determine that the person is of sound mind to make a decision regarding voluntary assisted dying That the person has…

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