Assisted Dying Legislation Update (2017)
Following the Parliamentary Committee’s Inquiry into end of life choices, the Government appointed a Ministerial Advisory Panel to develop voluntary assisted dying legislation for introduction into Parliament in 2017.
The interim report of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Ministerial Advisory Panel has just been released and is now available and can be downloaded. This interim report sets out the key issues, concerns and potential solutions provided to the Panel by people who participated in the consultation process earlier in the year. This included palliative care, health and community organisation representatives. The Panel received 176 written submissions in response to the publication of the Panel’s discussion paper on 30 January 2017. The discussion paper was developed to seek feedback on creating a safe and practical voluntary assisted dying framework.
Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into End of Life Choices
The Victorian Legislative Council’s Inquiry into end of life choices in 2015 addressed end of life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying. The Victorian Government responded to the Inquiry in December 2016.
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Victoria’s end of life and palliative care framework
Victoria’s end of life and palliative care framework was released by the Minister for Health the Hon Jill Hennessy, MP in July 2016. The framework was the result of extensive consultation across Victoria during 2015 – 2016. The End of Life and Palliative Care Framework will support more people with a terminal illness to die at home, and enshrine advance care directives in law for the first time in Victoria. Advance care directives will come into effect in March 2018.
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Advance Care Planning
Advance care planning is when a person discusses with those close to them and their doctor their preferences for their future medical treatment and personal care. Advance care planning is something that a person with capacity can do for themself. (And the wishes of someone who does not have capacity should always be sought.)
Making legally binding advance care directives will be possible from March 2018. For further information please see Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016
$5 Million Palliative Care Boost to Support More Victorians to Die At Home
“All Victorians deserve access to the best possible end-of-life care which relieves pain and suffering and supports families and carers in their last days.” Jill Hennessy, Minister for Health
A new $5 million fund for community palliative care agencies to provide at home palliative care will support more Victorians with a terminal illness to be cared for, and die, in their place of choice.
A New Resource for Aged Care – palliAGED
A new online resource called palliAGED was launched last week by the Minister of Ageing, Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP. palliAGED provides trustworthy, evidence based information and resources to support all those involved in caring for older Australians approaching the end of their life. This includes nurses and care workers in residential aged care or community care, GPs and general practice nurses, allied health professionals and support staff. There is also relevant and trustworthy information and resources for older people and their families.
End of life issues
New education resources to help LGBTI seniors plan for end-of-life-care
The Department of Health has released new resources to support advance care planning and navigating My Aged Care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) seniors.
Continue reading about LGBTI Advance Care Planning
Plan your future care
People plan for the future in different ways:
- insurance such as life, health, car, property, income
- trusts for the care of children with disabilities
- registering for organ donation
- making wills
- making funeral plans.
Part of planning for the future is to make choices now in case of injury or illness.
This can include by making: