|To access VAD, a patient must meet all of the eligibility criteria.||• be an adult Australian citizen or permanent resident and reside in Victoria,|
• have decision-making capacity in relation to voluntary assisted dying,
• have a medical condition that is incurable, advanced, and progressive,
• have a prognosis of no longer than 6 months (or 12 months in the case of neurodegenerative disease), and
• be experiencing suffering caused by the relevant condition, that cannot be relieved in a manner that the patient deems tolerable.
|The patient needs to make at least three formal requests for VAD.||A minimum of two verbal requests and one written request|
|For eligible patients, the medical practitioner will write a prescription for a lethal medication that the patient can ingest at a time of their choosing.||Only for patients who are unable to self-administer, the VAD medication can be administered by the physician.|
|The patient must be assessed by two medical practitioners.||• The medical practitioners must be either a vocationally registered general practitioner (GP) or a specialist, and have completed the approved VAD assessment training.|
• At least one must have held their specialist fellowship or be a vocationally registered GP for a minimum of 5 years.
• At least one must have expertise in the relevant condition.
|Health practitioners can conscientiously object to participating in any or all of the processes involved in providing voluntary assisted dying.|
|Health practitioners must not initiate discussion about VAD with a patient, and must report colleagues whom they reasonably believe have initiated such discussions.|