WA input urged on voluntary assisted dying legislation

South metropolitan area Western Australia residents are urged to attend a forum to have their say on voluntary assisted dying legislation, to be introduced to State Parliament later in 2019.


The forum will be held at Fiona Stanley Hospital on Monday 29 April and follows the March 2019 release of a discussion paper by the Ministerial Expert Panel on Voluntary Assisted Dying and the announcement of consultation until 24 May 2019. The paper is available on the assisted dying website under the resources tab.


Public forums have been already held in the central and northern suburbs of Perth, as well as in country Western Australia. More regional sessions will go ahead in May.


The Fiona Stanley Hospital session will run from 10am-1pm, led by members of the Ministerial Expert Panel on Voluntary Assisted Dying, and chaired by panel chairperson, Malcolm McCusker AC QC.


Auslan translation will be available and people who cannot attend in person can register, view the session and ask questions via a webinar.


People who cannot attend a session can also lodge written or online submissions for consideration by the panel. Feedback will help inform the expert panel's final report to the Government.


The purpose of the discussion paper and the consultation is to assist the development of safe, compassionate and workable legislation.


The arguments for or against voluntary assisted dying will not be debated as part of this process.


The closing date for submissions in response to the discussion paper is 24 May 2019.


Registration details for the Fiona Stanley Hospital session, the discussion paper and more information about the consultation and proposed legislation can be found at http://www.health.wa.gov.au/voluntaryassisteddying


26 April 2019.