On January 1, 2023, Voluntary Assisted Dying became operational in Queensland.
The Queensland parliament voted to legalise voluntary assisted dying in September 2021 after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk took the policy to the 2020 election.
As of 1 January this year, Queenslanders suffering a disease, illness or medical condition that is advanced, progressive and terminal can now ask for medically-assisted death.
This article discusses the key points of VAD eligibility, safeguards, how the scheme came to be introduced, and calls for palliative care funding, in Queensland.
[Source: SBS News]