After a long campaign by many organisations and individuals including COTA NSW, Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) legislation was passed through the NSW Parliament on 19 May 2022. The legislation will come into effect after an 18-month implementation period during which new systems and an oversight body will be put into place.
COTA NSW believes that older people in the last stages of a terminal or incurable illness have the right to make informed decisions on their end-of-life medical care, including the choice to receive medical assistance to end their life peacefully, at a time of their choosing.
This position was based on the strong support for VAD which has been demonstrated by older people. The COTA Federation’s State of the (Older) Nation report, published in 2021, found that 72% of people aged 50 and over in NSW supported such legislation, and more than 50% of older people in NSW have considered VAD for themselves.
We thank all COTA NSW supporters that advocated on behalf on this campaign.
Read our submission on the Provisions of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2022.