This article from The Conversation begins with the announcement of the NSW VAD laws coming into effect on 28 November, and goes on to provide a brief summary of the current situation across Australia, comparing the law in NSW with laws in other states.
It also makes for interesting reading in relation to some of the differences between the states.
There are also significant barriers – some are across all states, some are specific to individual state laws. These include:
- Commonwealth restrictions on discussing voluntary assisted dying via telehealth and email
- a lack of doctors willing to provide voluntary assisted dying
- inadequate remuneration for doctors
- a lengthy and complicated administrative process.
As the article points out, some of these will need to be resolved at a state level, while others will need reform at the federal level.