Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021

 

AMA Queensland was provided the opportunity to provide feedback on the QLRC draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021.
 

The answers in our submission were based on the results of a survey on VAD sent to all AMA Queensland members which resulted in the largest response to any survey in AMA Queensland’s history; an indication of the importance of this topic to Queensland doctors.
 

AMA Queensland wishes to state at the onset that we remain opposed to the introduction of voluntary assisted dying in Queensland and believe that doctors should not be involved in interventions that have as their primary intention the ending of a person’s life. However, given that the current Queensland Government has decided to proceed with the development of legislation to introduce a Voluntary Assisted Dying Scheme in Queensland we want to ensure the medical profession is involved in the development of relevant legislation, regulations and guidelines.