The Victorian Parliament recently passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act and its 18-month implementation period is shortly coming to a close. So what exactly does the Act mean for patients who are suffering and what role do pharmacists need to play?

Learning resources

After successful completion of this CPD activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Define voluntary assisted dying (VAD), and discuss its legality in overseas jurisdictions.
  • Understand end-of-life options, patient eligibility and qualification steps for VAD, according to the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017.
  • Discuss ethical and practical challenges with voluntary assisted dying.
  • Discuss the role of the pharmacist in the provision of VAD according to the Act.

Competencies (2016) addressed: 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 4.2.

Accreditation code: CAP1810B

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On 29 November 2017, the Victorian Parliament passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017.1 This legislation, which includes an 18-month implementation period, provides individuals living in Victoria and suffering at their end of life, a legal and safe option of accessing a lethal dos

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