Voluntary Assisted Dying - it's time, NSW

Nobody should have to suffer unbearable pain and loss of control and dignity at the end of their lives - but that's exactly what happens in NSW. We need to change that.

There is overwhelming support for voluntary assisted dying (VAD) in Australia. Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia have already passed VAD laws and a VAD bill is expected to pass in Queensland in September.

Independent MP Alex Greenwich is due to introduce a VAD Bill into NSW Parliament in 2021 - we need to make sure it's passed.

How can I help?

NSWCCL is part of the Dying with Dignity alliance - you can help the campaign by:

  • Signing the VAD alliance petition (link no longer available) 
  • Adding your message for the field of hearts that will be placed in the grass in the Domain behind parliament house
  • Following and supporting the campaign on social: DWD Facebook or DWD Twitter

Quick VAD facts

  • There is overwhelming community support for VAD in Australia – averaging 80% or more in the most recent surveys and polls.

  • Victoria’s VAD law has been operating safely and effectively for over 2 years.

  • Access to VAD reduces fear and anxiety about dying and allows a quick and peaceful death. Loved ones are spared the trauma of witnessing prolonged and futile suffering.

  • VAD is only available to adults with decision-making capacity in the end stages of a terminal illness, and who are suffering intolerably.

  • The person must maintain decision making capacity throughout the process and make repeated requests for VAD. They can withdraw at any time.

  • Two doctors must confirm that the person meets the eligibility criteria for VAD and is acting voluntarily and without coercion.

  • The VAD medication is prepared by an authorised pharmacist in the form of a drink swallowed by the dying person or an injection administered by an authorised medical practitioner.

  • VAD is entirely voluntary for the patient and healthcare professionals. No-one is compelled to take part.

  • A request for VAD cannot be made in an advance care directive or made by a family member or doctor.

  • Having a mental illness or disability alone does not qualify a person for VAD. The person must have a terminal illness and meet all VAD criteria to qualify.

  • Coronial evidence indicates that around 10% of all suicides involve a person with a terminal or debilitating condition.

  • Worldwide, over 220 million people now have access to legal voluntary assisted dying including in a number of countries in Europe, Canada, New Zealand and 11 US jurisdictions.

See also: Submission: Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 NSWCCL 18 Nov '21