Oncologist and DWDV Board Member, Dr Cameron McLaren has announced the launch of VADANZ, Voluntary Assisted Dying Australia & New Zealand, of which he is the Founder and National Director.
It is a fantastic initiative, with a brilliant website, that has already been applauded by many from Australia and around the world.
Not to add to the landscape of advocacy organisations and groups across Australia and New Zealand, VADANZ is centred around improving the quality of VAD service provision – focusing on the “how” rather than the “why” of VAD.
It is a peer network of medical professionals who provide support and resources for those who are providing Voluntary Assisted Dying Services in Australia and New Zealand. Their goal is to ensure every practitioner is equipped with medical, practical and professional support services they need to administer this important service to their patients.
With all Australian states and New Zealand passing laws allowing for access to VAD, the number of doctors and allied health care providers involved in providing these services continues to grow. These professionals must be supported, both personally and professionally in order to maintain safety, and improve accessibility of VAD to those who choose to access it.
Their mission is to provide a support network of peers and relevant resources to equip our community with everything they need to adapt to the new changes in Australian and New Zealand law surrounding end of life care options.