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​​​​​The Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Act 2017 comes into effect on 19 June 2019.

VAD law allows a person in the late stages of advanced disease to take a medication prescribed by a doctor that will bring about their death at a time they choose. The law has many safeguards with several steps to access VAD.

health practitioner may choose whether or not they participate in voluntary assisted dying.

Access to VAD law is limited to people who:

  • have an advanced disease that is expected to cause death within 6 months (or within 12 months for neurodegenerative diseases like motor neurone disease)
  • have the ability to make a decision about voluntary assisted dying
  • are adults 18 years and over
  • have been living in Victoria for at least 12 months.
  • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Only people who meet the requirements and follow the steps set out in the law can access VAD.

A person's choice to access VAD must be:

  • voluntary (the person's own choice)
  • continuing (their choice stays the same)
  • fully informed (the person is well-informed about their disease, and their treatment and palliative care options). 
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For further information, click here. Alternatively contact the VAD Care Navigator via email vadcarenavigator@petermac.org or ph (03) 8559 5823