Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017

On 16 May 2017, a consultation draft was released for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017.

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017

Released: 25-May-2017

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On 16 May 2017, a consultation draft was released for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (NSW) (The Bill).   This Bill has been developed after a extensive period of consultation by a cross-party working group of NSW MP’s.

The aim of the Bill is to provide a legislative framework for the rights of terminally ill persons to request and receive assistance to end their lives voluntarily.

Key provisions of the Bill, include:

  • The person utilising the framework must be a NSW resident over the age of 25.
  • They must be terminally ill and be expected to die from their illness within a 12 months.
  • They must also be experiencing: extreme pain, suffering or physical incapacity.
  • The decision must be signed off by 2 medical practitioners, including a specialist.
  • The patient must also be assessed by an independent psychiatrist or psychologist to guarantee sound mind and free will.
  • There is a 48-hour cooling off period.
  • Close relatives will also have the right to challenge the patients eligibility in the Supreme Court.

A copy of the draft bill and contact details can be found here: http://legislation.nsw.gov.au/~/view/bill/e04dab6e-c1ae-4bda-8880-e9130923655d

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