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It’s a Choice: Consumer views on VAD for the ACT

Published: 2023

HCCA sought feedback from members on the discussion paper on Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD). We facilitated three focus groups consisting of 4 to 6 consumers and ten in-depth conversations with individuals. The questions asked during these discussions were based on those provided in the ACT Health VAD Discussion Paper.

Consumers shared their experiences of supporting friends and family members at end of life. Some consumers referenced personal experiences, including witnessing loved ones enduring undignified deaths due to the lack of access to VAD. Their views were considered and focused on the need to make it as easy as possible for people who are in extremis, to exercise their right to end their life without undue suffering and distress.

We also reviewed many of the submissions made to the 2019 End of Life Inquiry from the ACT Legislative Assembly as this was raised by several consumers in our discussions.

Our submission is based on the feedback gathered from consumers, as well as discussions with the peak consumer bodies who have been involved in the design and implementation of VAD in other states.

Use the ‘Download document’ button to read the full submission.

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