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?
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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 dose of a substance that would end their life in the manner and timing that they choose.1
The implementation period will see a specialised taskforce have a coordinating role in working with both health and legal sectors to ensure voluntary assisted dying is established to the highest standards in Victoria.
The ability to access a lethal substance requires that the individual satisfies a number of requirements, and that health professionals involved in the process have the requisite training to deliver the service within the regulations.
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