Voluntary Assisted Dying has been legalised in Western Australia after the laws officially passed Parliament today.
It means Western Australia will become the second state to legalise VAD following Victoria.
The law will allow terminally ill Western Australians to have the right to end their suffering, with procedures in place to ensure protections and approvals.
The bill went through 180 hours of debate, including 76 in the Lower House, and 105 in the Upper House. 184 clauses were considered, 55 bill amendments have been agreed.
The McGowan Government says the bill was a result of two years of clinical and legal scrutiny, with the bill integrity’s choice and access for patients untouched.
Following the bill’s legalisation, it will take affect after18 month implementation phase along with the creation of an implementation panel.
The panel’s role is to oversee development of clinical guidance, medical protocols, and training for participating health practitioners, with information for community and medical professionals.
Premier Mark McGowan says the reform is “remarkable moment for Western Australia”, and the achievement will be one of the “biggest, most important and significant” in history.
“Introducing these laws has been complex and challenging and my thanks and appreciation goes to my colleagues and all the hardworking staff for their dedication in delivering the passage of this delicate Bill through Parliament. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together,” Mr McGowan said.
“To all the supporters of voluntary assisted dying and to all the people who have lost a loved one who wanted the choice – we thank you for your unwavering support, your contribution, your stories, your consultation and for entrusting us with this task. We did it for you.
“I respect all those people who don’t support the laws and understand your views. It’s important to remember these laws are based on a voluntary choice.”
More information can be found at http://www.health.wa.gov.au/voluntaryassisteddying